The 2023 DeKalb County Middle School Girls’ Basketball All-Star game featured a big fourth quarter rally and defensive effort by the Region 2 All-Stars for a thrilling 37-36 win over the Region 1 All-Stars held recently at Southwest DeKalb High School.
Stephenson’s Jayla Walton (5 points) and Loriel Murray (6 points) powered the Region 1 All-Stars to a 16-2 lead after one quarter of play. They went on to take a 36-23 advantage after three quarters as Walton added four more to her total and Azelia Shell of Druid Hills hit for five points while Mauri Barnes of Chapel Hill hit her second three-pointer of the game.
The Region 2 All-Stars then rallied behind a big defensive effort that held the Region 1 team scoreless in the fourth quarter while Salem’s Mya Perry fueled the offensive comeback with eight key points in the win.
Champion’s Charmaine Owens had six second half points and her Champion teammate Jhia Primrose hit for five in the second half to aid the win.
The Region 1 squad led 21-13 at the half.
Perry, who keyed the big fourth-quarter comeback, finished the night with 12 points and earned the Most Valuable Player Award for the game. Owens finished with 8 points and Primrose, a late addition to the team, finished with 7 points.
Murray topped the Region 1 team with 10 points and Walton finished with 9.