MONTGOMERY – Spring Garden's Tiyonna Rogers grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes of action in the North All-Stars' 76-67 victory over the South in girls basketball action on Wednesday evening, with a crowd of more than 2,500 in attendance at Auburn University-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex.
The North boys earned a 74-64 victory in the nightcap to complete the sweep.
In the girls' game, Homewood’s Ajah Wayne scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals to earn MVP honors in leading the North to its 18th victory in the 21-year series. She had 16 points in the first half.
LeFlore’s Daisha Bradford had 15 points, four steals and five rebounds to capture MVP honors for the South.
Hazel Green’s Brooke Hampel added 12 points and Allie Cruce of Lauderdale County added 11. Karleigh Sledge of Deshler chipped in nine points and Athens’ Alexis Woods had eight to round out the North offensive leaders for North coaches Mike Chase of Spain Park and Lisa Bates of Sand Rock.
Samson guard LaTascya Duff added 11 points and five rebounds for the South. Teammates Brianna Harris of Blount and Lakhylian Rankins of Faith Academy tossed in nine points apiece.
The North dominated inside out-rebounding the South 53-36.
The North girls improved to 18-3 in the series, which got underway in 1997.
In the nightcap, Huffman guard Travarus Carroll had a game-high 27 points to help the North boys win for the 48th time in the 75-game series. No bucket was bigger than his startling round-house dunk with 57 seconds left in the third quarter that put the North ahead 48-40.
The South rallied midway through the fourth period to tie the game at 53-53 but Carroll sank a 3-pointer just under the four-minute mark to push the North ahead by four 62-58.
Carroll, the North MVP, finished 8-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-3 from the 3-point arc, and was 8-of-10 at the foul line. He also had five rebounds. Trey Jemison, a 6-foot-11 center from Homewood, added 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for the North. Parker’s 6-9 center Xavier Williams also had nine points and six rebounds.
The South was led by Anquavious “Quay” Pollard’s 23 points and eight rebounds. The 6-6 forward from Lanett was 5-of-12 on 3-pointers and a perfect 4-of-4 at the foul line. He also had three steals. Lanett teammate Emanuel Littles added 11 points and five rebounds.
The North boys now hold a 48-27 edge in a series that got its start 64 years ago in 1953.