By JOEL COLEMAN
Soon enough, Courtney Moore will be taking her basketball skills to Meridian Community College.
Before all that however, the recently graduated Starkville High standout has one last order of business.
Moore, who signed with MCC in late April, will play in the final game of her prep career today when she takes part in the Class 3A/4A/5A/6A Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game as part of the East squad.
"This will be like the close-out of her high school career," said Starkville High head coach Kristie Williams. "I know that closing out her high school career (today) is going to be the icing on the cake for her before she spends the rest of her summer working out and getting ready to go to Meridian."
Moore put together an outstanding 2010-11 season to punch her ticket to today's festivities.
Despite the Lady Yellowjackets' tumultuous 5-18 season, Moore averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Her consistent performances definitely caught the eye of area coaches according to Williams.
"I told (Moore) earlier on, back in March when we were nominating, that I was nominating several of our players and she was one of them," said Williams. "She was excited just to be nominated. Then when I told her the news that she was actually chosen, she was excited and happy to see that other coaches in the area recognize that she's a great player."
Perhaps just as excited is Williams. On the heels of Starkville's struggles last season, the SHS leader is happy to see Moore earn more recognition.
In the mind of Williams, Moore has proven that players can still excel individually even when a team is struggling collectively.
"Basketball is one of those sports where, as a team, we may not always do well, but individually, when you can continue to progress, you can let your light shine," said Williams. "This is just another moment of Courtney shining with the skills that she has.
"I know that she's going to do well Saturday and do her very best to lead her team to a victory."
Today's game, played at Booneville High School, will begin at approximately 4 p.m.