BOONEVILLE – The Northeast Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Game on Saturday was already a special event for Amory coach Paula Wax and her point-guard daughter, Madison.
It was the final time the two would be on the court together and also with Madison’s fellow seniors Dashunae Fields and Lauren Haynes.
The Amory group went out in style, however, as their Blue team picked up a thrilling 53-51 win in overtime over the Red team with Madison Wax scoring the final four points, including the game-winning layup.
“It felt good with the game being close and us going into overtime, and then still winning and getting to experience it with my mom,” Madison Wax said. “It was just fun because she’s been there all year and the last four years.”
Also on the Blue team was Nettleton’s Sharnec Mosely, who made a layup to tie the game and send it into overtime, and Nettleton’s Macy McMillan was a starter on the Red team.
Wax scored her two baskets that helped carry the Blue team to a win in the final minute of overtime. She also forced a turnover late in regulation that kept the Red team from threatening to take the lead.
“I just really wanted to win, and obviously it’s an all-star game so it’s all about having fun,” Madison Wax said. “A bunch of us really wanted to win, so regardless if it was me doing it or someone else, I’m just really happy we won. I just had to do what I had to do.”
Paula Wax said the day was special, not just in getting the win and coaching her daughter for the final time, but also coaching Fields and Haynes as well.
“It was fun coaching all three of them one more time because they are all three my babies, and we pretty much grew together. I think they did a great job in Amory in their four years there, and it’s just kind of bittersweet. I might have to come ask Coach (Brian) Pearson for my job back,” she joked. “It was exciting going out like that, and what a way to end it. They all played hard, and it was a total team effort. Madison stepped up at the end with a couple of really big plays to help us seal it, but we had a lot of other girls who really stepped up too. This was a fun experience, and I really enjoyed it.”
Madison Wax scored eight points total and had four steals. Mosely followed her with six points and nine rebounds for the Blue team, while Haynes also had five rebounds.
On the Red team, McMillan scored seven points and added five rebounds.
Class 1A/2A Girls Game
In the Class 1A/2A girls’ game, the Blue team, which featured Hamilton’s Icie Cockerham, Deidra Keaton and Tylisha Verner, defeated the Red team by a score of 50-49, thanks to a game-winning three-pointer by New Site’s Maycee Chambers.
Hamilton’s Amiyah Verner was on the Red team and scored six points, all in the first half. Keaton also had six points and five rebounds in the winning effort for the Blue team.
Cockerham won the Bruce Franks Memorial Scholarship and led the way with four assists for the Blue team.
Class 1A/2A Boys Game
Hamilton’s Kaminski Bankhead and coach Drew Garvin were a part of the Blue team that took an 83-82 victory over the Red team. Bankhead finished with five points and three rebounds.
Class 3A/4A/5A/6A Boys Game
Aberdeen’s Solomon Foster, Nettleton’s Shawn Pounds and the Blue team picked up a 73-57 win over the Red team to close out the day. Aberdeen’s Jacquette Young was on the Red team.
Foster and Pounds each scored six points each as Pounds also added five rebounds and a pair of assists. Young had six assists for the Red team.