Locals ready for All-Star game
by Andy Collier
Mar 21, 2014 | 3441 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shaw High School guard Octavius Stimage and John F. Kennedy forward Frederica Haywood will have a chance to show their stuff in Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball games at Jackson State University’s Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center on Friday.

Haywood will play for Mississippi in the girls game which set to start at 5 p.m., while Stimage will play in the boys game which is set to start at 7 p.m.

Haywood, who has signed to play college ball at McNeese State, played a key role in the John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets winning in the 1A Girls Basketball State Championship and finishing with a perfect 32-0 record. Haywood consistently recorded averaged double figures in points and rebounds a game.

“I feel great about my opportunity to represent Mississippi in the All-Star game,” Haywood said. “I am both nervous and excited. I didn’t expect this when the season began, but I am very thankful to God and all the support from my family and friends.”

Stimage, a senior guard, was a very versatile players as he helped his team win any way possible. This season, Stimage averaged 11.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He also shot 65 percent at the free throw line.

Stimage said he plans to give it his best effort come Friday.

“I’m just going to go there and down what I do and that’s play team ball and try to play as hard as I can,” Stimage said.