TENAHA — Martin’s Mill’s Libby Rogers and Tenaha’s Charles Hervey earned MVP honors at the Sports Medicine All-Star Shootout presented by the Longview Orthopedic Star Foundation Saturday night at the Tenaha Special Events Center.
The event was in memory of Mike “Runt” Ramsey.
When her team needed her the most, Rodgers was there to make winning plays.
That should come as no surprise from a player who has played in the state tournament each of the last three seasons.
Rogers had 7 points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter as the Maroon Team took a 58-48 victory over the Royal Blue Team.
“It’s just so much fun,” Rogers said. “I love playing basketball, so doing it after high school (career) is so much fun.”
Rodgers finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds and was named the game’s MVP.
“I’m so blessed and thankful for that,” Rogers said.
The score was tied 9-9 early before McKaylan Reynolds (Tenaha) hit two free throws and a 3-pointer in the final 41 seconds to give Royal Blue a 14-9 lead late in the first quarter.
A jumper by Matty Burns (Martins Mill), followed by a 3-pointer by Ashlyn Davis (Sabine), extended the Royal Blue lead to 19-9 in the second quarter.
With Royal Blue ahead 26-18 late in the second quarter after a steal and layup by Jayda Walton (Carthage), the Maroons finished the half with a 10-0 run that included 3-pointers by Zoe Wenrick (Martins Mill) and Jakayla Rask (Marshall). , leading 28-26 at the break.
Maroon led 43-41 after three quarters. Rodgers scored five of the Maroons’ first seven points of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 50-43 with 3:58 left in the game. Rodgers added an offensive rebound and two free throws to make it 56-45 and then assisted on a layup by Ja’Shalyn Hatton (Frankston) to put the game away.
Hatton scored 10 points for the Maroons. D’Shell Garner (Timpson) had nine points and seven rebounds. Jakyra Roberts (Carthage) and Rask each scored seven points. Wenrick recorded five points, seven rebounds and four assists. Are’Anna Gill (Marshall) and Whitney Reason (White Oak) each scored four points. Rayson grabbed eight rebounds. Gill had seven rebounds and three steals. Addi Boyter (Joaquin) also played for the Maroons and Reece Porter (Grace Community) was on the roster but did not play. Maroon was coached by former White Oak girls basketball head coach and new Tenaha boys basketball head coach and athletic director Dee Lewis. He was assisted by Timpson’s Brian Braddock.
Davis had 13 points and seven rebounds for Royal Blue. Asia Smith (Marshall) scored nine points. Burns recorded eight points, seven rebounds and four steals. Reynolds scored seven points. Walton recorded five points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. McKenna Wynn (Timpson) and Haylee Hornbuckle (Woden) each had three points. Tayla Calico (Sabine) played for Royal Blue and Za’Kyra Myers (Carthage) was on the roster but did not play. Royal Blue was coached by Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill head girls basketball coach Gary Davison and he was assisted by Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill’s James Johnson.
Hervey and Kado Jackson (Trinity School of Texas) battled all night, both trying to dazzle the crowd with dunks while trying to lead their teams to victory.
Jackson finished with 21 points, but Hervey finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Royal Blue Team to an 85-75 victory over the Gray Team, earning MVP honors.
“How is my boy,” said Hervey. “We’ve gone way back. We were trying to see who could get a better bucket.”
Jackson got more buckets, but Hervey’s defense, along with the Royal Blue’s overall balance of six double-digit scorers, made the difference.
“It felt good,” Hervey said. “I finally let everyone see what I can do. It doesn’t hurt anymore. I’m still going through the process and trying to get better, but I just wanted to come out and put on a show to let everybody know that I’m still him.”
It was a high-scoring first quarter as Hervey and Jackson made dunks. A dunk in the final seconds by Jackson gave Gray a 28-18 lead late in the first quarter.
Royal Blue fought back and a 3-pointer by Jaidyn Daivs (Douglass) cut the deficit to 36-25 before Gray went on a 7-0 run. Davis hit a layup with 14 seconds left and then was fouled on a 3-pointer with less than a second left and made all three free throws to cut it to 43-40 at halftime.
Hervey’s punt return tied the game at 46 in the third quarter, and Jaylen Stedman’s layup (Tenaha) gave Royal Blue the lead. Gray regained the lead with an 8-3 run and led 57-55 after three quarters.
Royal Blue grabbed a 61-59 lead in the fourth quarter before Jackson and Davis traded 3-pointers to give Royal Blue a 64-62 lead. After Jackson tied the game at 64, Royal Blue went on a 6-0 run and led the rest of the way.
Stedman led Royal Blue with 16 points. Jamarion Evans (center) had 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. Davis recorded 11 points and 9 rebounds. Jayden Mojica (Beckville) had 11 points and seven rebounds. JJ Mendez (Martinsville) scored 10 points. Tyvion Williams (Hemphill) had seven points and Malik Stotts (Joaquin) added two points. De’Andre Thomas (Laneville), Connor Griffin (Martinsville) and Bennett Anglin (Joaquin) also played for Royal Blue. Royal Blue was coached by Douglas head boys basketball coach Vance Dallas and he was assisted by JR Hutson of Douglas.
Amaran Hamilton (Gilmer) scored 15 points for Gray. Adrian Mumphrey (Tyler Chapel Hill) scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Alex Tyner (Martin’s Mill) had eight points. Adam Favre (Bishop Gorman) scored seven points. KD Bell (Carthage) had six points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Jacob Graham (Pittsburgh) had six points and nine rebounds. Will McDaniel (Carthage) added one point. Kole Crawford (Grace Community) was on the roster but did not play. Gray was coached by Martins Mill head boys basketball coach Greg Jenkins and he was assisted by Martins Mill’s Tony Wood and Isaac Jenkins.