High school basketball: Familiar faces in Alabama-Mississippi All-Star games

High school basketball: Familiar faces in Alabama-Mississippi All-Star games


High school basketball: Familiar faces in Alabama-Mississippi All-Star games


It’s time to break the tie.

Both the boys and girls series of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game are tied at 11 apiece, and familiar faces from Montgomery are hoping to swing the games in Alabama’s favor when the squads play today at the Acadome at 5 p.m.

Prattville Christian’s Kristen Emerson hopes to help the girls squad end Mississippi’s three-game win streak in her first game since scoring 37 points in the Panthers’ Class 2A title game loss to Woodland.

Emerson, a Troy signee, said the hardest part about the all-star contest is building chemistry in just two days of practice, but her experience in the North-South All-Star game last year has helped her adjust smoothly.

“It reminds me of the North-South game because it’s a group of girls coming together and having to get out of our comfort zones,” Emerson said. “I guess we’re kind of used to it and introduce ourselves. We’ll all been pretty open, it’s been a lot of fun.”

Montgomery native and Vanderbilt signee Marqu’es Webb from Hoover is enjoying her time back in the Capital City after transferring to the Bucs from Brewbaker Tech for her junior and senior seasons. Webb won a state title with the Rams in 2011 and won the last two with Hoover.

“It’s really my rest time when I come here,” Webb said. “I’m just spending time with my grandma and little cousins. We run around the yard and play hide-and-seek. I’m just spending time with family and catching up with friends.”

The past few days have been déjà vu for G.W. Carver’s Jeremy Johnson, who played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game in December. He also played in the U.S. Army All-American football game in December and participated in the North-South basketball game as a junior.

The Auburn football signee is humbled to end his high school athletic career with a fourth all-star game.

“To be honest, my whole senior year was unexpected,” Johnson said. “I’m just blessed and grateful to have these opportunities. I didn’t ask for it, it’s just something that was given to me by God. So, it’s a good feeling being at the all-star games.”

No one is feeling better than coach Earl Taylor, who led the St. Jude boys to the Class 1A title. However, Taylor will be uncomfortably comfortable on the Alabama sidelines.

“That’s the thing, I’m used to wearing a shirt and tie,” Taylor said. “For the game we’re going to be wearing polo shirts. At a Catholic private school, we have to wear a shirt and tie, but I wore I tie even when I was at public school. It is what it is.”


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