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Short but sweet time at All-Star game

By By Tony Krausz/assistant sports editor
July 18, 2004
CLINTON Choctaw Central girls head basketball coach Walter Wilson experienced a rare first Thursday night at the A.E Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.
The coaching veteran who led the Choctaw Central girls squad to a 3A state title this year and previously led the boys team to three state championships coached in his first All-Star game.
Wilson, along with North Pike's John Stephens, guided the South girls All-Star squad against the North in the 40th playing of the Mississippi Sports Medicine All-Star girls basketball game.
Five area basketball players also participated in the All-Star game on Thursday.
Choctaw Central's Chantay Frazier and Northeast Lauderdale's Shaquita Bell both played for Wilson on the girls' South team.
On the boys' side of the night, Northeast Lauderdale's Alex Ford was a member of the South squad, and Meridian High School's Cyrus McGowan and Jocolby Davis played for the North.
Frazier had the most productive night of the area players at the All-Star game. The Lady Warriors guard tallied 14 points and two rebounds in the girls' game.
Bell contributed to the South's efforts mainly on the boards, grabbing five rebounds. She also scored six points.
McGowan made the biggest impact of all of the area players in the boys' game.
The Wildcats center scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds, as Lanier's Monta Ellis handled most of the North's offense with a game-high 31 points.
Davis saw limited playing time at the guard spot. He snagged one rebound but didn't record a basket in the game.
Though the returning Wildcat didn't get on the scoreboard, he said the experience of playing on the All-Star team would help him entering his final year of high school.
Ford tallied two points for the South team in the 93-87 loss.

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