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Locals will represent Golden Triangle in All-Star basketball games


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The Golden Triangle will have strong representation at the annual Mississippi/Alabama and North/South All-Star basketball games in March. 


Columbus High School senior Robert Woodard II and New Hope High's Tyler Stevenson will represent the state of Mississippi in the annual rivalry game against the state of Alabama at 7 p.m. March 16 at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton. 


Starkville High senior Tabreea Gandy will play for the state of Mississippi in the girls game at 5 p.m. March 16. St. Martin senior Daphane White, a signee with Mississippi State, also will represent the state of Mississippi. 


Starkville High's Jalisa Outlaw and Columbus High's Hannah White were selected to represent the North in the annual game between some of the state of Mississippi's best players. The girls game will be at 6 p.m. March 23 at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College. 


Woodard II, the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year from the state of Mississippi, is averaging 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals, and 2.2 blocked shots per game for the Falcons (11-6). 


Stevenson is averaging 22.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.1 blocked shots per game. He is shooting 61 percent from the field for the Trojans. 


Gandy, who recently signed to play basketball at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, is averaging 13 points, 6.5 rebounds, three steals, and three assists per game. 


White, the top player in the state of Mississippi, is averaging 25.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 5.8 blocked shots per game. 


Outlaw averages 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists for the reigning state champion Lady Yellow Jackets. She is shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line.  


White averages 20 points, seven rebounds, and three steals for the Lady Falcons.



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