North, South split SCBCA North-South All-Star Games
Saturday’s North-South All Star basketball games were held at Lexington High School.
The 2 boys’ and girls’ showcases put on by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association included at least 1 Chronicle Country area player in each contest.
Katrice Jackson of Dutch Fork High School played for the South team in the girls varsity game, while Mason Carver of the host school and J.T. Reeves of River Bluff played for the South team coached by Airport’s Jimmy Kinard in the boys matchup.
This marked Carver’s final appearance on his home court after leading the Wildcats to a 1st ever undefeated regular season, a school-record 29 straight wins and a berth in the Class 5A Lower State finals.
Jackson notched 7 of her 9 overall points in the first half. This included a baseline layup, followed by a short jumper within the final minutes of the period. The South squad led 40-31 at the half and extended that lead in the second half en route to a 76-55 win.
Sierra McCullough of South Pointe finished with 12 points and was named the North’s Most Valuable Player, while McKinley Brooks-Sumpter of A.C. Flora was named South MVP.
The boys’ game got off to a fast start with both teams running up and down the court. Carver scored his only 2 points of the game in the first five minutes with a short pull-up jumper to make the score 10-4 with the North in the lead.
Reeves came off the bench and scored all 5 of his points in succession. The pace of the game remained quick, with players showing off different dunks and layup styles on multiple outlet passes and full court plays.
The South team led at the half 66-51, but their shooting went cold in the latter part of the second half. After trailing as many as 18 points, the North outscored the South 36-5 over the final 10 minutes to take a 121-105 victory.
Derrick Sinkler Jr. completed the A.C. Flora sweep of the South MVP honors when he was recognized after scoring 16 points. Ta’Lon Cooper of 3-time Class 5A champion Dorman was named North MVP after scoring 17 points, 2nd only to Ridge View’s Walyn Napper who had 25 points.
Prior to tipoff of the boys’ game, retiring Lexington boys’ basketball coach Bailey Harris and longtime assistant Joey Reid received autographed game balls from the SCBCA. Harris stepped down as head coach following the Lower State final, ending a 30-year career in which he won 637 games and 2 state titles.