Perkins, Shannon pace South in basketball

Two Montgomery area players earned MVP honors Thursday


By Adam Bagni

Two Montgomery area players earned MVP honors Thursday night in the All-Star Sports Week basketball games.

Robert E. Lee's Meghan Perkins was named MVP for the South girls and Selma's Jakobe Shannon took MVP honors for the South boys.

The North swept both games with the girls winning 86-45 and the boys winning 55-46

"It felt good to be named MVP but I wish we could have done better," Perkins said.

Perkins set an All-Star record with 14 rebounds and was the second-leading scorer with eight points. She also had three assists, three blocks and two steals.

Perkins announced that she has backed off her verbal commitment to Auburn University. She did not give a specific reason.

"I felt like I had committed a little too early and I wanted to open my options back up," Perkins said.

Perkins also said the transition is going well with new Lee girls basketball coach Jami Barlow. Barlow, a former Huntingdon basketball player, has coached basketball and volleyball at Clarke Prep since 2004. She replaced Kelvin Stokes as Lee.

"Coach Barlow is cool," Perkins said. "She is getting us on track to where we need to be."

Lee teammate Celiscia Farmer added four points, three rebounds and a block Thursday night. Selma's Ashley Grimes finished with seven points and five rebounds and Selma's Kamesha Strong had three boards. St. Jude's Teralesha Baity recorded three assists.

Shannon led the boys with 10 points, two assists and a rebound. Selma teammate Wendell Lewis added six points, four rebounds and a block. Sidney Lanier's Marquise Glaze added three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

In limited playing time, St. Jude's Charles Knight had a rebound and a steal, Lee's Adrian Nelson finished with one assist, one rebound and one block and G.W. Carver's Randi Tucker had a steal.

The South volleyball team defeated the North 25-19, 30-28, 26-28, 25-21.St. James' Sarah Stout had one kill, one assist, four digs and two blocks and Alabama Christian's Christina Hayes had two kills, two digs and one block.