CONWAY – Star City’s Tyeshia Harris is used to playing for the team instead of playing for the individual.
Thanks to the coaching of Star City’s Becky Brown, Harris has always put her team ahead of herself. And in Thursday’s 57-47 East win over the West at the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star game, it paid off.
“I was just taught that way,” Harris said. “I had a great high school coach that taught me that individual is not the way.
“In basketball, you need the whole team.”
Harris got the start for East and scored six of the teams’ 11 first-period points.
“I felt like I knew everybody already and I got into it,” Harris said. “It was about having and making my opponent look bad.”
Harris grabbed five rebounds and finished with seven points in the game.
“It was just like we expected it the whole time,” Harris said. “Because while they played individual ball, we played team ball.”
For the East, Fort Smith Southside’s Callie White finished with 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting with two rebounds and four assists. For her efforts, White was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“We knew the team had to come together,” Harris said. “We ran drills, we did things together and we played together.”
For the West, Bauxite’s Mary Crow finished with 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting with five rebounds. She was named the outstanding player for the West squad. Beebe’s Jamie Jackson was named the outstanding player for the East.
At the end of the first half, the East had a 33-28 lead.
“We just kind of accepted everything that they threw at us,” Harris said.
Watson Chapel’s Kamera Bozeman finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three rebounds for the West. She had to leave the game in the final period due to a hamstring injury.
“It was my hamstring,” Bozeman said. “When I went up for a rebound, she kind of tripped over me.”
Bozeman said she had hurt it earlier this week and this kind of aggravated it. Bozeman didn’t come into the game until the third period but made most of it, despite the fact that she had to go up against Little Rock Hall’s Katelyn Weber, who is listed at 6-feet-5 and finished with six points with four rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting.
“I had a lot of fun this week,” Bozeman said. “I had a good team and made some good friends and now I am looking forward to moving on to college.”
Bozeman led the Lady Wildcats to the semifinals of the 5A state tournament. Harris was named the Southeast Arkansas Girls Player of the Year after leading Star City to the 4A semifinals.
Harris will join Arkansas Tech in the fall.
“I will always remember this day,” Harris said.
The AHSCA All-Star activities will conclude today with the football game beginning at 7 p.m.