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2019  Alabama 101, Mississippi 82 – Alabama’s All-Stars raced to an early first half lead and poured on additional second half points to claim their second straight victory over the Mississippi All-Stars 101 to 82 in the 29th classic played at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State in Montgomery, Alabama.  With the win, the Alabama All-Star girls took a 15-14 lead in the series that dates back to 1991.  Alabama was paced by River Baldwin of Pleasant Home who had a double-double by halftime and was named the Alabama MVP as she finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.  Baldwin’s efforts gave her Alabama teammates a 48 to 34 lead at the half as Alabama never trailed in the contest.  Hannah White of Columbus was selected as the Mississippi MVP as she scored 16 points with 4 rebounds and 1 assist including hitting 7-of-8 free throws.  Besides Baldwin’s performance, Alabama, which outshot Mississippi 41.6% to 27.2% for the game, had a total of five players in double digits including Thaniya Marks of Wenonah with 17, Jaylyn Sherrod of Ramsay with 15, Skyla Knight of Hoover and Annie Hughes of Pisgah with 10 each.  Including MVP White, Mississippi had three players in double digit scoring:  Jayla Alexander of Pearl with 16, and Jalisa Outlaw of Starkville with 10.  Alabama outrebounded Mississippi 73 to 59 for the game.
 
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2019 Alabama 107, Mississippi 90 – Despite the Mississippi All-Stars leading at the half 47 to 39, the Alabama All-Stars roared back in the second stanza to outscore Mississippi 68 to 43 and capture a 107 to 90 win in the 29th Annual Classic at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State in Montgomery, Alabama.  The Alabama victory snapped a 3-game Mississippi winning streak and gave Alabama a 15-14 lead in the series that dates back to 1991.  Alabama was led by Cameron Tucker of Wenonah who poured in 18 points with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals and was named the Alabama MVP.  The Mississippi MVP was Jaylen Forbes of Florence who scored a game-high 20 points with 7 rebounds and 1 steal.  Along with Tucker, Alabama had strong inside play from Trendon Watford of Mountain Brook, who scored 13 points with 12 rebounds, and Demond Robinson of Lee-Montgomery, who added 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks.  DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore and JaLon Johnson of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa were the other double digit scorers for Alabama with 14 and 10 points respectively.  Mississippi had double digit performances from Brandon Weatherspoon of Canton, who matched Jaylen Forbes with 20 points and 7 rebouds, and D. J. Washington of Greenville who chipped in 11 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists.  Alabama outshot Mississippi 50.6% to 33.3% and outrebounded their counterparts 60 to 54. 

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2018  Alabama 109, Mississippi 96 – Alabama snapped the Mississippi All-Stars’ two-game winning streak by roaring to a 109 to 96 win in the 28th classic played at the A. E. Wood Coliseum, Mike Jones Court, on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton, Mississippi.  Alabama raced out to a 12-2 run to open the game and led at the end of the first quarter 28 to 21 before the Magnolia State All-Stars could rally.  Alabama led 55-49 at the half and outscored Mississippi 35 to 27 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.  The victory for the visitors evened the overall series at 14 wins apiece and the 109 points scored by Alabama was the second most points scored overall in the series.  Mississippi led only once briefly at 32-31 with 6:20 remaining in the half, but the Alabama team quickly pulled away.  Zipporah Broughton of R. E. Lee High in Montgomery was named the Alabama MVP as she led the way for her squad with 16 points—11 of which were scored in the second half—along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  Alabama had six players reach double figures in points including Ajah Wayne of Ramsay who had 17, Hannah Barber of Homewood who tallied 15 points, Eboni Williams of Hoover who scored 13, and Brooke Hampel of Hazel Green who had 10 points.  Tabreea Gandy of Starkville was named the Mississippi MVP as she scored 7 points with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.  Chyna Allen of Harrison Central led the Mississippi team in scoring with a game-high 27 points including five 3-pointers.  The only other Magnolia State All-Stars who managed double digits in scoring were Kealy Wilson of Horn Lake, who scored 11 points, and Kayla Simmons of Brandon, who had 10 points and 9 rebounds.         
 
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2018 Mississippi 127, Alabama 90 – The Mississippi All-Star boys captured their third straight win in the series with a dominating 127 to 90 win over the Alabama All-Stars in the 28th Annual Classic at the A. E. Wood Coliseum, Mike Jones Court,  on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.  The 127 points scored by the Magnolia State squad were the most scored by any team in series history and the Mississippi All-Stars set a team record for largest margin of victory with a 37-point difference.  The three-peat Mississippi win evened the series record at 14-14.  Mississippi was led by team MVP DeAnthony Tipler of Ashland who scored 21 points including 8-of-12 field goals and 5-of-9 three-pointers to go with 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.  Along with Tipler, a total of seven Magnolia State players reached double digits in scoring:  Miles Miller of Meridian (19); LaDarius Marshall of Forest Hill (15); Javian Fleming of Canton (12); DaQuan Smith of Holly Springs (13); Tyron Brewer of Meridian (12); and Robert Woodard of Columbus (11). Mississippi led at halftime 57-46 and outrebounded Alabama overall 57 to 43.  The Alabama MVP was Jamari Blackmon of Hoover who had a game-high 22 points including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line along with 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal.  The only other Alabama players reaching double figures were Diante Wood of Sacred Heart with 11 points and Jared Sherfield of Paul W. Bryant with 10 points. 

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2017  Mississippi 93, Alabama 86 – Mississippi MVP Myah Taylor of Olive Branch led the Magnolia State ladies in erasing an early 12-point deficit and pacing Mississippi to a 93-86 win over the Alabama All-Stars in the 27th classic played at the Dunn-Oliver Arena on the Alabama State Campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  
With their second consecutive win—their third in the last four years, the Mississippi squad took over the series lead at 14-13.  Taylor had 25 points with five assists and four steals and helped slice the Alabama lead to 50-46 at the half.  Breonca Ducksworth of West Jones, the smallest player in the game, scored 17 points and had 7 steals and hit 7-of-9 free throws including 4 made from the charity stripe in the final minutes to clinch the Mississippi win.  Mississippi scored 9 of the game’s last 11 points after the game was tied at 84 apiece.  The Mississippi comeback overshadowed a record-setting performance by Alabama’s Unique Thompson of Faith Academy who had 34 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots and was named the Alabama MVP.  Thompson’s performance broke the Alabama scoring record in the series set by Sylacauga’s Shakayla Thomas in 2014.    The Mississippi guards forced 36 Alabama turnovers which led to 22 more shot attempts than Alabama.  Other double digit scorers for Mississippi included Keyara Jones of Heidelberg who had 14; Alayjah Sherer of Tupelo who tallied 11; and Jailin Cherry of Pascacoula who poured in 10 points.  Alabama’s other double digit scorer was Alexus Dye of Wenonah, who had a double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds.       
 
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2017 Mississippi 96, Alabama 91 – Led by Mississippi MVP Jarkel Joiner of Oxford, the Mississippi boys team defeated Alabama 96-91 in the 27th Annual Classic at the Dunn-Oliver Arena on the campus of Alabama State in Montgomery, Alabama.  The Magnolia State win was their second consecutive  victory over Alabama and cut the Alabama series lead to 14-13.  The boys win also marked the second straight year and ninth overall in which the Mississippi boys and girls squad claimed both games on the same date.  Mississippi MVP Joiner scored 24 points—12 in each half—and was 10-of-15 from the field to pace his squad.  Mississippi out-rebounded Alabama 62 to 37 to dominate the boards.  Mississippi led 47-45 at the half and proceeded to outscore Alabama 49-46 in the second half to claim the win.  Mississippi led 91-88 in the final minute, but Alabama missed a 3-point shot and a dunk in the last seconds.  Free throws by Mississippi then put the game out of reach.  The Alabama MVP was Herb Jones of Hale County who finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and three steals.  Other double digit scorers for Mississippi included Ledarrius Brewer of Meridian who had 12 points; Troymain Crosby of Laurel who added 17 points; and Dewayne Cox of Ripley who had 11 points.  Alabama’s other double figure scorers were Shy’m Cunningham of Midfield who tallied 18; Malik Burnett of Lee-Huntsville who poured in 12 points; and Javan Johnson of Austin who had 11 points and 6 rebounds.

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2016 Mississippi 78, Alabama 77 – Mississippi MVP Nique Cherry of Heidelberg and Savannah Jones of St. Martin combined on offense and defense in the final seconds of the game to topple the Alabama All-Stars by a slim 78-77 margin in the 26th classic played at the A. E. Wood Coliseum, Mike Jones Court, at Mississippi College in Clinton.  With the win, Mississippi evened the series with Alabama at 13 wins apiece.  Cherry scored 17 points, had 10 rebounds, 1 block, and 3 steals to seal the MVP award and led Mississippi from a 10 point fourth quarter deficit to the 1-point win.  With 39.8 seconds left and Alabama leading 77-75, Mississippi’s Savannah Jones drained a 3-pointer that would be the deciding basket and her final points on an 11-point night.  On the ensuing possession, Cherry came up with her 3rd and most critical steal of the game with 5.5 seconds to end an Alabama scoring threat and close out the win.  Jailyn Maddox of Hoover was named the Alabama MVP as she had a game-high 19 points.  Kaitlyn Rodgers of Wenonah scored 15 points while Japonica James of Leflore poured in 10 points for Alabama.  For Mississippi, other double digit scorers included Tori Mallory of Itawamba AHS, who had 13 points, and Brittany Rose of Lanier, who tossed in 11 points.  Alabama started the game on a 9-0 run, led at halftime by a 39-35 margin, and was in command entering the fourth quarter with a 60-50 lead before the heroics of Cherry and Jones.  The Mississippi squad scored 10 of the last 12 points in the game to secure the victory.
 
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2016 Mississippi 85, Alabama 83 – Mississippi MVP Taze Moore of Southaven raced the length of the court for a layup as the buzzer sounded to lead Mississippi to an 85-83 win over the Alabama All-Stars at the A. E. Wood Coliseum, Mike Jones Court, at Mississippi College in Clinton in the 26th annual all-star classic.  The Magnolia State win snapped a four-game winning streak for Alabama and sliced the Alabama lead in the series to 14-12.  Moore scored a game-high 26 points and added 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals in a performance that clinched the Mississippi MVP award.  Moore scored 6 of Mississippi’s final 8 points in the final 2:30 of the game.  Starkville’s Tyson Carter scored 14 points and made critical free throws for Mississippi down the stretch while Stacee St. Julian of St. Martin added 11 points.  Alabama’s Trey Petty of Westminster Christian Academy was named the Alabama MVP as he scored 21 points with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.  Petty connected on a 3-pointer in the final seconds which tied the game at 83-all until Moore’s end-to-end heroics.   For the Alabama squad, Justin Hopkins of J. O. Johnson finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds while John Pettway of Keith and Jack Kline of Mountain Brook scored 10 points each.  Mississippi led at halftime 32-31, but the teams exchanged the lead several times in the final minutes.  Hopkins of Alabama tallied with 42 seconds left to give Alabama an 80-79 lead, but Mississippi’s Moore answered with 2 free throws with 35.2 seconds remaining for an 81-80 lead and then added 2 more at the charity stripe for an 83-80 tally before Petty’s trey and Moore’s game-winner.

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2014 Mississippi 95, Alabama 89 – Victoria Vivians of Scott Central set the all-time scoring series record in the 24th annual game by pouring in 36 points with 15 rebounds leading Mississippi to a 95-89 victory.  The Magnolia State win at the Lee Williams Athletics & Assembly Center on the campus of Jackson State evened the series at 12-12 and marked Mississippi’s fourth victory in the last five games between the all-star girls.  For her efforts, Vivians was named the Mississippi MVP while Shakayla Thomas of Sylacauga was selected as the Alabama MVP for scoring 31 points and setting a new Alabama all-star scoring record for the game.  Mississippi slowly built up and maintained a safe scoring margin and led 45-38 at halftime.  Christa Reed of Bay High had 14 points and Kayla Gordon of Meridian added 9 points and 17 rebounds for Mississippi.  Alexis Jennings of Sparkman scored 19 points with 7 rebounds and Morgan William of Shades Valley tallied 12 points for the Alabama squad.  
 
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2014 Alabama 90, Mississippi 83 – For the fourth straight year, Alabama defeated Mississippi with a solid 90-83 win at the Lee Williams Athletics & Assembly Center on the campus of Jackson State.  Alabama MVP Riley Norris of Albertville led his team to the win with 16 points and 9 rebounds.  The Alabama team jumped out to a huge lead from the opening tipoff and led 45-32 at halftime.  Mississippi was paced by a strong MVP performance from Devin Booker of Moss Point who scored 31 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists and tied the Mississippi scoring record for the game set by Murrah’s Othello Harrington in 1992.  Alabama had five players in double figures with Norris (16), Divine Myles of Blount (10), Nathaniel Potts of Athens (10), William Lee of Dallas County (10), and Lewis Sullivan of Hazel Green (10).   Other Mississippi player scoring of note included Jacob Ivory of Murrah (17), Dimitri Cook of Gulfport (12), and Xavian Stapleton of Madison Central (11).  With the win, the Alabama boys tied the series streak record with 4 in a row set from 1997-2000 and added to their series lead by a 13-11 margin.