By Gene Phelps
Special to the Gazette
BOONEVILLE – Saturday was Ingomar’s day in the 15th annual NEMBCA All-Star Basketball Games at Booneville High School.
Point guard Gara Beth Self connected on 6 of 9 field goals and scored 13 points in the Red team’s 50-49 loss to the Blue in the 1A-2A game. She was named the game’s offensive MVP.
Self will report to summer school next month at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where she signed to play basketball. She signed earlier with Itawamba Community College, but was seeking an NCAA D-1 offer.
“That was my dream to go Division 1,” she said. “To get an opportunity is great. I’m going to work my tail off and hopefully get playing time … and grow as a person and a player.”
In the boys’ 1A-2A game, senior forward Kelon Hall scored 10 points, blocked a shot and claimed a steal in the Blue team’s 83-82 win. He was named the game’s defensive MVP.
Hall, a defensive specialist who earn a berth on the Daily Journal’s All-Area team, wasn’t offered an opportunity to play college ball. He’s still holding out hope.
“I think this is going to be it for me,” he said. “I’d love to play somewhere. I’ve got to find the right place, I guess.”
Three other Falcons, guard Lauren Thompson and guards Brandon Keys and Trent Bradley played and produced.
Thompson connected on two 3-pointers and scored 10 points for the Blue in her final game. She turned down a scholarship offer from Mississippi College and plans to attend Northeast Mississippi Community College, but not play basketball.
“I’m not playing anymore, I’m just going to go to school,” Thompson said. “It feels good to be stress free and not have to worry about games and practice.”
Keys, a late addition to the roster, scored 15 points – 13 in the first half – for the Blue. Bradley hit a 3-pointer, scored seven points and had two assists for the Red.
“I was just feeling it and let the game come to me,” Keys said.
West Union’s Jenny Thompson and Allie Green, along with New Albany’s E’lexis Jones, played in the games.
Thompson scored three points, had three rebounds and blocked a shot for the Red. Green had two offensive rebounds, but didn’t score for the Blue in the 1A-2A game.
Jones had two rebounds, but didn’t score for the Blue in the 3A-4A-5A-6A game.