Gryphons suffer losses in All-Star games
March 20, 2012By Charles Alston of Rocky Mount High School
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Rocky Mount had four representatives participating in the Carolinas Classic NC-SC All-Star Basketball Games at Socastee High School Saturday evening.
The contests are sponsored each year by the N.C. Coaches Association, the same organization that conducts the East-West All-Star Games (football, basketball, soccer) each summer in Greensboro.
In the girls' All-Star game, Rocky Mount seniors Tia Hudgins and Alexus Cooper played as reserves, but the S.C. All-Stars were just too talented as the Sand Lappers handed the Tar Heels a 90-71 loss.
Hudgins scored six points and pulled down four rebounds. Cooper also scored six points and recorded three rebounds.
Rocky Mount senior Terrill Hilliard, fresh off his Most Outstanding Player award performance in the NCHSAA 3-A State Championship game (21 points, 11 rebounds), saw his N.C. squad come away on the short end of a 100-96 decision in the Boys' All-Star Game. Hilliard scored five points and grabbed five boards as a starter for the Tar Heels.
All three are also candidates to play in the East-West All-Star Games in July.
Rocky Mount head boys basketball coach Mike Gainey served as an assistant coach for the N.C. boys.