Local athletes selected to All-Star Game

Published 2:06 am Wednesday, March 5, 2008

NATCHEZ — Several area high school basketball players have been selected to participate in the MPSA All-Star Game on Friday.

The games will take place at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton.

The Class A girls game will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the Class A boys game at 12:45 p.m., the Class AA-AAA girls game at 2:30 p.m. and the Class AA-AAA boys game at 4:30 p.m.

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The rosters for the girls All-Star teams consist of four area athletes while one area player was selected for the boys games.

Tensas Academy’s Kaitlen Emfinger will represent the South team in the Class A girls game while Trinity’s Brandy Hall and Molly Butts and Centreville’s Amber Addington will play for the South in the Class AA-AAA game.

All four of those players helped lead their respective schools to at least the South State Tournament in their respective classes.

Butts, Trinity’s point guard, said it was a great honor for her to be chosen for the game.

“I’m really excited about it,” she said. “I’m honored to get to play. It will be fun to get to meet all the girls I’ve played against during my career.”

Butts said she was a bit surprised to be chosen for the All-Star game.

“There’s a lot of good players out there. I’m just glad I made it.”

Butts will be coached by a familiar face, as Trinity coach Melanie Hall is the head coach for the South team.

“It will be fun to be coached by her,” Butts said. “This is a good way to end my basketball career.”

The only boy’s basketball player to be selected to the All-Star Game is Trinity’s Matthew Freeman.

Freeman helped lead the Saints to a South State championship and the quarterfinals of the Overall Tournament.

Practices for the All-Stars begin today in Clinton in preparation for Friday’s slate of games