Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 8, 2010

Area players set for All-Star game, skills competitions

Several area basketball players will be taking part in the JET2Sports East Kentucky All-Star game this Saturday at Lees College in Jackson.

The event encompasses seven games as well as slam dunk and 3-point contests. The day’s slate begins with the North boys’ team facing the South squad at 12:30 p.m. The Metro All-Stars and Mountain All-Stars will supply the nightcap at 8 p.m.

A total of 14 16th Region boys’ and girls’ players will compete, including three selections from Fairview — Caleb Collins, Mike Terry and Brent Jackson.

Collins and Jackson, as seniors, were the leading scorers for Fairview this season, averaging just less than 14 points per game apiece. Terry was the lone non-senior starter for the Eagles as a sophomore.

Elliott County will be represented by juniors Cody Nickell and Jacob Ison. Ison was the only player in the 16th Region to average a double-double this season (14.9 ppg, 11.6 rpg).

Tyler Farley, a junior, will represent Raceland in the competition. Farley ranked near the top of the region in free-throw shooting, at a 77 percent clip.

Natasha Kissinger and Adri Neely, teammates throughout their tenure at Rowan County, will also be on the same team for Saturday’s event, as members of the Senior Girls East team.

Kissinger was among the region’s leaders in scoring with 18 points per game and she racked up 118 steals this season, while helping the Lady Vikings reach the state semifinals.

Tierra Hamilton, a sharpshooting junior at Rowan County, will join Raceland’s Taylor Lacks and Boyd County’s Kelsey Plybon as 16th Region players selected to the Underclassmen Girls East team.

The North Girls will showcase the talents of Fleming County’s Kaylyn Emmons and Robbie Allex as well as West Carter’s Brittany Tackett. The Lady Panthers won the 61st District this season with Emmons as the leading scorer (15.6 ppg).

Five boys’ and girls’ players from the 15th Region will participate in the games, including Lawrence County standout Wade Skaggs, who notched 17.5 points per game and shot 35 percent from 3-point range during his junior season.

Games will be four 10-minute quarters and players will wear their respective school’s jerseys.

Any donations given will go toward the St. Jude’s Children’s Foundation.

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