Ashley Earley Leads Tennessee All-Stars

Vanderbilt recruit Ashley Earley led the Tennessee All-Stars to a 84-75 victory over the Georgia All-Stars in Chattanooga Saturday evening. Earley, who was named MVP for Tennessee, finished the game was 20 points and 19 rebounds, 9 of them offensive boards.

Earley was followed in scoring by future Lady Vol Brittany Jackson with 14 points and 6 boards, and Mississippi State recruit Tiania Burns and Vandy recruit Abi Ramsey with 11 points each.  UNC-bound Nikita Bell led the Georgia All-Stars with 21 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Clemson recruit Kaili Sanders and Stetson recruit Kristy Brown with 10 points each.

The Tennessee All-Stars scored first on a basket by Brittany Jackson and held a single-digit lead for the remainder of the first half. In the second half,
Tennessee's lead increased to 12 points with 13 minutes remaining, but then Georgia became to chip their way back into the game, taking their first lead of the game at 70-69 on a basket by Nikita Bell with 5:44 left in the half. Then Abi Ramsey, who had missed her first five shots from the field, drained a 3-pointer to give the lead back to Tennessee at 72-70, and shortly after hit another one to give Tennessee a 5-point lead at 75-70. After Georgia cut the margin back to 1, she hit her third straight 3-point attempt giving Tennessee a 4-point lead with 1:45 left, and Georgia could come no closer.

As might be expected in an All-Star game, Tennessee coach Gary Carter substituted liberally, bringing in platoons of 4-5 players every five minutes. Earley, was the only Tennessee player to play more than 21 minutes. Also, as might be expected, neither team was hesitant to shoot. The Georgia All-Stars launched 68 field goal attempts but made only 23 of them for a 33.8% field goal percentage. The Tennessee team was even more eager, attempting exactly 100 field goals, but making only 34 for an almost identical 34%.

In the nightcap, the Tennessee boys defeated the Georgia boys 110-105 in overtime. Vandy recruit Jason Holwerda finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists. Top Stories