BOONEVILLE • The Ingomar basketball program put on a show at the NEMBCA All-Star games on Saturday held at the Booneville High School gym.
With five players across the two Class 1A/2A games, the Falcons took home two MVP awards and spread top performances throughout.
In the girls game, ULM signee Gara Beth Self was named Offensive MVP after leading the Red team with 13 points and three assists. On the Blue team, Lauren Thompson scored 10 points with four rebounds in a winning effort.
In the boys game, Brandon Keys, a late addition to the roster, scored 15 points for the Blue team. 13 of his points came in the first half, and he was the game’s leading scorer at the break.
“I was just feeling it and let the game come to me,” Keys said.
Also on the Blue team, Kelon Hall was named Defensive MVP and finished with 10 points, one steal, one block, and took one charge. Trent Bradley finished with seven points, two assists, and two rebounds for the Red team.
“Kelon did good shooting 3s and spotting up, and Trent was a good facilitator for the other team,” Keys said.
Led by Blue Mountain’s Zanaiyah Daniel, the Blue team overcame a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to win 50-49.
Daniel finished as the Overall MVP with 13 points, four rebounds, four steals, and three assists.
New Site’s Maycee Chambers hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 32 seconds left to go up 50-49. Baldwyn’s Keeley Wade was named Defensive MVP.
Wheeler’s Jalon Beene showed off his scoring ability for the last time in high school as he led the Blue team to a 83-82 win over the red team. The ICC signee grabbed the Overall MVP honors after scoring a game-high 20 points.
He closed out the game with 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Class 3A-6A Girls
In the only overtime game of the day, Amory’s Madison Wax had two layups in the last 30 seconds to secure the Blue team’s 53-51 win over the Red team. West Point’s Jamia Hollings finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Class 3A-6A Boys
To cap off the action, the Blue team came back in the fourth quarter and defeated the Red team, 73-57. Down by eight, Blue outscored Red 31-7 in the fourth quarter. Itawamba AHS’s Jaxon Orr won Defensive MVP with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the Red team.