Sunday, January 17, 2016

Star Walton, Tae’lour Richardson Selected for Mississippi vs. Alabama All-Star Game

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A Marshall County basketball coach and player will be all-stars at the highest level representing their home state.

Jason Thompson, of H.W. Byers, will be the head coach for the Mississippi Girls All-Star Basketball Team this year and Starlandria Walton, a senior at Holly Springs High School, will be one of 12 players on the all-star squad.

The annual Mississippi vs. Alabama All-Star Games (girls and boys) will be played Friday, March 18, at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Assisting Thompson on the coaching staff for the girls all-star team will be Sherri Cooley of South Jones and Donny Fuller of Gulfport.

Thompson has led the Lady Lions to six state championships, the first coming in 2008. The Byers girls have claimed three gold balls in Class 2A and three in Class 1A. They won four in a row from 2011-2014.

He was an assistant coach last year in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game and was the co-head coach for the North All-Stars in the North-South Game in 2010.

Joining Walton on the Mississippi team are Ernesha Chatman of Natchez, Shonte Hailes of Quitman, Twila Hill of Callaway, Savannah Jones of St. Martin, Tori Mallory of Itawamba AHS, Tae’lour Richardson of Horn Lake, Brittany Rose of Lanier, Diamond Smith of Jefferson County, Tamia Stinson of Hattiesburg, Nique Walker of Heidelberg and Ameshya Williams of West Harrison.

Walton, a four-year starter for Holly High, has scored 321 points in 15 games this season, an average of 21.4 per game.

As a junior, she averaged 24.3; a sophomore, 19; and a freshman, 16.4.

Walton’s single game career high is 42 points.

She played in the North-South All-Star Game in 2015 and attended the Best of Mississippi Preps Banquet in 2015.

Walton also excels in the classroom, with a 3.94 grade point average.

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