Athletes of the week

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Josh Carroll

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* By the numbers: Carroll, a 6-0 Dandy Dozen senior guard, led the Mustangs to the 6A championship with 21 points and 5 rebounds in a 59-44 semifinal win over Harrison Central and 23 points and 7 rebounds in a 63-54 championship game victory over Madison Central.

* Coach speak: “He plays with high intensity and is a big shot maker,” said Timothy Speech.

* The 4 1 1: Carroll finished with averages of 18.7 points, 4.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds.

* Born: June 21, 1994, in Jackson

* Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

* Toughest opponent: Devin Booker (Moss Point)

* Movie: Space Jam

* Food: Sausage pizza

* College: Carroll is undecided about a college, but plans to be a business administration major.

* What it took to win a championship: “Hard work and determination.”

Statewide boy

Statewide boy

Tevin Lindsey

Baldwyn/Basketball

* By the numbers: Lindsey, a 5-8 senior guard, scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and dished out 4 assists in a 66-46 win over Bassfield for the 2A championship.

* Coach speak: “Tevin is a great shooter,” said Jason McKay. “But what sets him apart is that he is one of the best defensive players in the state.”

* The 4 1 1: Lindsey averaged 17.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.3 steals.

* Born: March 11, 1995, in Tupelo

* Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

* Toughest opponent: Kenny Paul Geno (Booneville)

* College: Lindsey hopes to attend Northwest Community College and play basketball. He plans to major in business.

* What it takes: The secret to defense, according to Lindsey is “moving your feet.” And to rebounding when you’re only 5-8: “Being in the right place at the right time, combined with my jumping ability.”

Metro Area girl

Ashley Beals

Canton/Basketball

* By the numbers: Beals, a 6-foot senior forward, had a double-double in each game, totaling 45 points and 24 rebounds for a 62-48 semifinal win over Pascagoula and a 67-45 title game victory over South Jones for the 5A championship.

* Coach speak: “She’s a very versatile player who can play any position,” said Melissa Word. “She has been an asset to the team for 4 years.”

* The 4 1 1: Beals averaged 14.8 points, 10 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.4 blocks and 1.7 assists.

* Born: Dec. 21, 1994, in Canton

* Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

* Toughest opponent: Alexus Malone (Oxford)

* TV: Impractical Jokers

* Food: Red beans and rice

* Dream vacation destination: Paris

* College: Beals will attend Mississippi Valley and hopes to pursue a master’s in social work.

* Three sports: Beals also plays volleyball and is on the track team at Canton.

Statewide girl

Jasmine Bush

Southeast Lauderdale/Basketball

* By the numbers: Bush, a 5-11 post player, was game MVP with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks as the Lady Tigers beat Charleston 63-59 in the 3A title game for the school’s fifth championship.

* Coach speak: “Jasmine is a hard worker, has an outstanding attitude and is a great leader,” said Joe Miller.

* The 4 1 1: Bush averaged 12.5 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocks and was District 5-3A co-MVP with teammate Crystal Clay.

* Born: Sept. 11, 1994, in Meridian

* Favorite athlete: Kevin Durant

* Toughest opponent: Jayla Chills (Ripley)

* Food: Shrimp

* Dream vacation destination: Hawaii

* College: Bush is undecided about a college but plans to major in physical therapy.

* The championship: “It feels like a dream come true for me,” Bush said. “I have dreamed about a championship since I was a little girl.”

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