High School BasketballNorth-South all-star basketball game

Northwestern’s McClure and McCoy and Rock Hill’s Motley to play in North-South basketball game

bmccormick@heraldonline.comMarch 15, 2013 

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    What: North-South basketball all-star game

    Where: Lexington High School

    When: Saturday; girls tip at 3 p.m., boys at 5 p.m.

    About: Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for high school-aged students and younger. For more, visit www.SouthCarolinaBasketball.org.

    Inside: Rosters for the North and South’s girls and boys teams, 3D

Three Rock Hill-based high school basketball players will get a final chance to impress before their prep careers conclude on Saturday. Northwestern’s Rontavious McClure and Mariah McCoy and Rock Hill’s Nate Motley will represent the North half of the state in the North-South all-star basketball game at Lexington High School.

Motley, a 6-foot-1 guard, admittedly didn’t know much about the game when he was initially selected last month, but after two days of practice, was excited to run with some of the state’s best players.

“It’s been fun, a great experience,” he said Friday. “It’s good meeting new guys that are hungry for the same goals that I’m hungry for.”

Hunger is one of the obvious characteristics of the speedy point guard. Motley, originally from Virginia, averaged 15 points, 8 assists and 3.5 steals per game this year, while posting 10-plus assists on three separate occasions for the Bearcats. He scored a combined 39 points in Rock Hill’s two playoff games, the school’s first since the 2008-09 season, and at times this season carried Eric Rollings’ squad with his single-minded determination.

The North-South teams only had two days of practice, meaning set plays will be scant and much of the action will be determined on the fly. That should suit Motley perfectly. He described the pace during practice as, “up and down, run and gun. There’s a lot of talent on the floor so they didn’t really give us sets. The key thing is not turning over the ball and getting good shots.”

Saturday’s game gives Motley, a first team All-Region 3 pick as selected by area coaches, one last moment in the shop window for college recruiters. Official visits are lined up to Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast and Appalachian State, and the senior has already taken an unofficial to Gardner-Webb.

“I’ll definitely make a commitment soon,” Motley said.

Rosters

BOYS NORTH

Troy McGowens, Easley

Nate Motley, Rock Hill

Maurice Daniels, Dorman

Jeb Helmers, Christ Church

Jalin Alexander, Newberry

Detrek Browning, Irmo

Qua Copeland, Southside

LaBrian Shiflet, Greer

Quiron Cooke, Richland Northeast

Dominique Taylor, Spring Valley

Daniel Bridges, Landrum

Rontavious McClure, Northwestern

Coaches: Head coach R.J. Beach (Christ Church); assistants Thomas Ryan (Dorman), Chad Cary (Newberry)

BOYS SOUTH

TeAndre Hansley, Stratford

Patrell Rogers, Wilson

James Richardson, Darlington

Khalil Harris, Lake Marion

Solomon McCormick, Allendale-Fairfax

Manny Polston, Airport

Dmitri Reeves, Mullins

Nygel Gates, Lexington

Reggie Bonner, Conway

Brandon Wilkerson, Summerville

Devontae Washington, Hartsville

Kevin Rowell, Marion

Coaches: Head coach Herman Johnson (Edisto), assistants Aaric Samuel (Hartsville), Bret Jones (White Knoll)

GIRLS NORTH

Heather Jankowy, Walhalla

Addie Merritt, Wren

Nikki Young, Wade Hampton

Jamelia James, McBee

Chelsea Seibles, Fairfield Central

Kyeshia Dawkins, AC Flora

Jazmine Robinson, Dreher

Mariah McCoy, Northwestern

Aaliyah Keels, Blythewood

Lee Lee Young

Da’Sharel Day, Greenwood

Alexus Jackson, Ridge View

Coaches: Head coach Susan Thompson (Greenwood), assistants Cedrick Simpson (Fairfield Central), Teresa Jones (Dreher)

GIRLS SOUTH

Erin Gilmore, Aiken

Jasmine McClam, Lake City

Rose Robinson, Dutch Fork

Blake Smith, Socastee

NaBresha Hughes, Orangeburg-Wilkinson

Tisheema Elmore, Lake City

Daniquia Lewis, Crestwood

Sommer Cagle, White Knoll

Niesha Godfrey, Mullins

Aaliayah Hill, Ridgeland-Hardeeville

Sau’Kita Glover, Orangeburg-Wilkinson

S’Nitra Mack, Whale Branch

Coaches: Head coach Trey Wallace (Airport), assistants Josh Staley (Orangeburg-Wilkinson), Charm Eaddy (Lake City)

Bret McCormick •  329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T

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