AISA players get last hurrah

Published 10:55 pm Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Friday’s AISA all-star basketball games will have a distinct Selma presence.

Central Christian’s Tiffany Brown and Sarah Hughey were named to the West Girls, and Brown’s coach — Darrell Walker — will coach alongside Patrician Academy’s Wayne Huff and Prattville Christian’s Emily Insinga.

The West boys team features one player from each of Selma’s AISA members — Morgan’s Sam Tate, Meadowview’s J.R. Lowe and Central Christian’s Keevan Woods.

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“It feels good to know that this city has five all-stars,” said Walker. “That lets everyone know that Selma is a great city for basketball. And, two representing Central Christian Academy — that’s awesome.”

Hughey is anxious to remedy the bad taste left by a 77-25 loss to eventual Class AAA state champion Lee-Scott in the Elite Eight Tournament on Feb. 13.

“I’m excited because I thought the season ended in a bad way,” she said. “I’m looking for a better way to finish.”

Woods approaches the game anxious to show his skills, and confident in what he brings to the table.

“It’s a great honor. I feel like it’s a good way to showcase what the best players in the state of Alabama have to show,” Woods said. “(I bring) my leadership on the court.”

He and Tate were adversaries earlier this season, as Morgan and Central Christian split a pair of games. Friday will mark the first time they have played on the same team.

“It’s a great honor,” said Tate. “I’m glad it’s not over yet.”

Lowe enters the game as an all-star veteran, having made AISA all-star football game in December. The difference is that Lowe enters this game fresh off a successful season. He was the Trojans’ primary post player in a surprising run to the Final Four.

“I just (want) to win,” Lowe said. “Go out winning the last game.”

Brown is excited about the opportunity to play for Walker one more time.

“He’s been my coach for a long time,” she said. “I’m going to miss him.”

For Walker, the feeling is mutual.

“I’ve coached her since the ninth grade,” said Walker. “It feels good to coach Tiffany one more time.”