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BASKETBALL: Area seniors play in Northwest Georgia Tip-Off Club’s annual all-star games

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A large selection of high school basketball players who have become some of the area’s top performers over the last four years took their curtain call Thursday night.

More than 40 seniors hit the hardwood at Georgia Highlands College for the fourth annual edition of the Northwest Georgia Tip-Off Club’s Senior All-Star Games, with separate boys’ and girls’ contests providing each one a final moment to represent their school.

Each game was played by collegiate rules, with the boys’ game being divided into two, 20-minute halves.

Christian Heritage’s Christian Koneman led his team to a 121-88 victory in the boys’ game as he scored 24 points and was named the MVP. Model’s Just Roberts made an impact on the other team, pacing it with 23 points.

Joining Roberts was his Blue Devil teammate, Jackson Lively, who hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points. Armuchee’s Tamalachi Lovelace finished with nine.

Sonoraville’s Wil Walraven scored 17 points and sank 3 treys for the winning squad, which finished with a total of 17 3-pointers.

Jarret Van Gurp, from Trion, was the second-leading scorer on the losing team as he hit two 3’s on the way to 22 points.

A Rome High duo and some sharp support gave the home team in the girls’ game a 75-62 win. Coached by Rome’s Jason Harris, the squad was led by the Lady Wolves’ Taya Gibson with 17 points, including a pair of 3’s.

Gibson’s Rome teammate, Re’Tavia Floyd, finished with 10 points, as did Model standout Victaria Saxton. Georgia School for the Deaf’s Chynah Johnson scored nine points for the winning team and was named the girls’ MVP.

Coosa’s Taylor Roberts and Carah Arrant each had six for the winning team.

The visiting team was paced by Armuchee’s Livia Skinner, who scored 20 points, including two 3-pointers.