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Seniors clash one last time in annual all-star game

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

Cameron Solomon will don his Lovejoy uniform for one last time Sunday in the Clayton/Henry All-Star Basketball Game, and the senior is predicting that he will end his career on a high note.

"My team will win of course," said Solomon, who will lead the Away team the matchup at Eagle's Landing High. "My goal is to be MVP of the game if they give out that award."

Unfortunately, they will not name an MVP, according to one of the game's organizers Clay Crump of Eagle's Landing. Crump said the goal is try to get players equal playing time.

Halftime of the boys' game will feature a slam-dunk contest.

Players will wear game uniforms of their respective school. The 6-foot-4 Solomon will wear the Wildcats' road uniform since he was placed on the Away squad. After averaging 25 points for the Wildcats' this past season, Solomon was named the Southern Crescent Clayton County Player of the Year. He was also a McDonald's All-American nominee.

This past season, Solomon helped the Wildcats to the playoffs for the first time since 2004 after earning a No. 2-seed out of Region 4-AAAAA. The Wildcats beat Coffee County 78-64 in the first round of the state playoffs, then lost to Groves 72-48 to end their season with a 17-11 overall record.

He is now looking forward to playing his last high school game before heading to High Point University next season.

"I'm excited about the game," Solomon said. "I get my final chance to play with and against some guys I've know since I was in middle school. I know I have to bring my A-game."

The Home squad will feature Clayton State signee Zach Bradley, who led the Eagles' to regular season Region 4-AAAA championship and second quarterfinals in the state tournament.

On the girls' side, Southern Crescent Players of the Year Briana Williams of Henry County and Tandrea High will lead the Away squad, which also features Abria Trice of Dutchtown. Morrow standout forward Chatil Bradford will also play for the Away squad. Last weekend, Bradford, who signed a basketball scholarship with Columbus State, won the Class AAAAA shot put championship in Albany.

The Home squad features former Dutchtown product Brittney Strickland, who scored over 1,000 points in her two-year career at the school. Strickland helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to their first final four appearance last March.