More than 40 of the best basketball players that Northeast Texas has to offer will be on hand tonight for the First Annual Chicken Express All-Star basketball Classic.
The girls game is set for a 6 p.m. start with the boys game to follow at 8 at the Greenville High School gym.
The North girls team is led by state tournament most valuable player Victoria Stretcher of Saltillo. Stretcher, a 6-1 post, led Saltillo to the state tournament this past season and a 32-6 record. She averaged 21.3 points per game and 12.4 rebounds.
District 13-4A MVP Alexis Mason of McKinney North will bring her highly touted game to the contest. Mason averaged 17.0 points per game and was named to the TABC and TGCA all-state teams.
Greenville will be well represented with Mackenzie Cooper, a 5-10 senior, and Elizabeth Rutherford, a 5-9 senior. Both were all-district and averaged in double figures scoring for the Lady Lions. The girls South will also have on hand standouts Haley Trentham of Celeste, Michaela Burge of Wolfe City, Kelsey Mouer of Commerce, Chaney Speight of Cooper, Alli Sullivan of Blue Ridge and Karli Brewer of Saltillo. Kristi McDaniel of Arlington Baptist College will coach the North girls.
The South girls are also loaded with the likes of Krystal Pickron of Royse City. The all-star averaged 25.0 points per game this season. Lindale twosome, Hannah Malone and Neeley Doss, will play a big part in the South defense. Jonae Isaac of Princeton, Micaela Brown of Edgewood, Cortney Hubbard of Terrell and Hannah Pinnell of Winnsboro will supply the offense. All four averaged in double figures this season with Isaac scoring at a 21.0 clip.
Mackenzie Swanner of Winnsboro, Marisa Ledkins of Mineola, Jordan Mitchell of Rockwall-Heath and Sydney Fisher of Sulphur Springs round out the solid South girls team. William Milton of Hill Junior College will coach the South girls.
Greenville Lions Dartannon Wilson and Marquis Taylor are two of the big names for the North boys. Both averaged in double figures this season. Both will have plenty of help with the likes of Damian Newby of Caddo Mills, Tyler “Turbo” Turner of Leonard, Kavrin Massey of Commerce, K.D. Moore of Paris and J’tyus Clark of Farmersville.
Clark averaged 21.0 points per game this season in leading the Farmers to a 28-5 record. Clark was named to the all-region team. Turner, of Leonard, was defensive MVP of the district and also averaged 14.5 points per game on offense. The North will also have plenty of defense with 6-6 Nick Boekhorst of Saltillo. Boekhorst also contributed 18.8 points per game. Other standouts for the North are Quile Wady of Cooper, Aaron Maxwell and Will Murdock of Rockwall. Duncan Hudson of Hill Junior College will coach the North boys.
Hunter Jordan, a 6-1 guard from Quinlan Boles will be among the “top guns” for the South boys. Jordan was named to the TABC all-state team after a brilliant career at Boles. He was a four-year starter and led Boles to the playoffs each of his four years. Jordan was the MVP of the district and ended his career with more than 2,000 points. Joining Jordan from Boles is 6-8 Caleb Samples. Samples averaged 16.0 points per game and 10.1 rebounds. Samples was named first team all-district.
The South will have plenty of help with sharp shooters Andra Jordan of Sulphur Springs, Jamie Briceno of Royse City and Roy Neugent of North Forney. Jordan, Briceno and Neugent all averaged in double figures during their senior campaign.
Also on hand will be Jake Jackson of Quitman, Yoan Preciado of Como-Pickton, Alec Harris of North Forney, Jonathan Haskett of Quitman, Blake Ralson of Brownsboro, Jalen Wells of Gladewater and Davonte Givens of Brownsboro. Clifton McDaniel of Arlington Baptist College will coach the South boys.