GREENSBORO — One more time as a high school player, the two-time MVP of the NCHSAA 1A state women’s basketball championship had a chance to make it Snow. She didn’t disappoint.
2018 Mount Airy High School graduate Jo Snow ended her high school career in style on Monday night at the East-West All-Star Game, starting the game for the West All-Stars and scoring 14 points in 20 minutes of game action as the West downed the East 95-81.
Shortly after the game was completed, Snow, who is headed to Wingate University on a basketball scholarship this fall, commented on Twitter about the experience of being selected for and playing in the prestigious all-star game: “Such an amazing experience! It was an honor playing with the best of the best in North Carolina. I couldn’t think of a better way to officially end my high school career! Thanks to everyone for the support over the years!”
Snow was one of two local players chosen for the 10-member squad, made up of top high school seniors from around the state. North Surry’s Mikaela Johnson was also part of the winning West team, playing 19 minutes and scoring two points while grabbing five rebounds. Johnson, who did most of her damage at crucial junctures of the game, was also completing her prep career and will play for High Point University this winter.
The East was the designated “home” team for the game this season, and they got off to a fast start, holding a 9-2 lead after four minutes of play. However, the West responded with a 15-0 run of its own, fueled by strong inside play from the 6’2” Johnson and 6’3” Jessica Beckner (Murphy) once they checked into the game.
The West led 20-12 at the end of the first quarter, but then the East came roaring back on hot shooting by Jada McMillian (Southeast Raleigh) and Azariah Fields (New Hanover) and tied the game at 24 midway through the second. The East regained the lead and was up 37-32 with 3:06 left in the first half, and then the West struck again, ending the second quarter on a 13-2 run that included three rebounds and a layup by Johnson and two 3-pointers from Journey Muhammad (Ardrey-Kell). The West led 45-39 at the half.
Snow had just two points, one assist and one rebound in the first half, but was her team’s leading scorer in an explosive second half that saw the West score 50 points.
The West opened the second half on a 15-4 run in which Snow and Muhammad each nailed a 3-pointer, and Snow also assisted on two fastbreak baskets, and grabbed a rebound. After the team subbed shortly after extending the lead to 17 points, the East tried to battle its way back into the contest. but never got closer than 11 points the rest of the third quarter.
Snow was back on the floor for the final minute of the third period and began the fourth on the floor. With 8:43 remaining, she hit a 3-pointer that gave her team its biggest lead of the game to that point, at 75-54. After the East scored at the other end, Snow made two free throws and then stole the ball, taking it the other way and assisting on a layup by teammate Lauren Carter (SW Guilford). She added two more free throws at the 5:35 mark and checked out of the game shortly after that.
For the game, Snow made four of nine shots (2-4 from behind the arc), all four of her free throws, led the West with four assists, and was one of only three West players not whistled for a foul (Johnson was another).
Jazmin Harris (Eastern Guilford), who had 19 points and 11 rebounds, was named as the game’s MVP. Muhammad led the team with 20 points, followed by Harris, Snow and Rinnah Green (Hickory Ridge), with 11.
The East-West Games will continue tonight at 8 p.m. from Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro, where quarterback Ian Holder will represent MAHS as a member of the West football team in that sport’s East-West Game. New Bears head coach Jasson Adkins is on the coaching staff, but was chosen for his achievements at East Wilkes High School.
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