MONTGOMERY — Walking out of the locker room following the final basketball game of her career, Alex Gholston made sure her opinion was known.
For the R.A. Hubbard guard, satisfaction overshadowed everything else.
But hey, winning tends to bring that side out.
Marqu’es Webb and Jasmine Rhodes poured in 19 points each, leading Alabama’s All-Stars past Mississippi 64-54 Friday night at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State.
The win marked Alabama’s first All-Star Classic win since 2009. Alabama now leads the all-time series 12-11.
“The only thing that matters to me right now is that I’m going out with a win instead of a loss,” said Gholston, who has signed as a sprinter with Alabama’s track and field program. “No one wants to go out with a loss.”
Austin point guard Takisha Jordan agreed.
“You’ve got that right, girl,” she said while patting Gholston on the shoulder. “This was all about having fun and getting that last win. Getting the win always feels good.”
Gholston and Wilson’s Ciarra Edwards were the only area players on the Alabama roster.
Edwards finished with two points, two rebounds and two assists, despite playing just six minutes.
“I had a lot of fun,” Edwards said. “It was challenging, but that’s part of it. Getting a chance to play against these great players was a great experience for me.”
Alabama never trailed, building a 10-point cushion by the midway point of the first half.
But Jayla Chills and Alexus Malone led Mississippi charging back, cutting Alabama’s lead to 35-33 by halftime.
Webb took over late. The former Hoover star and Vanderbilt signee finished with a double-double, scoring 19 points with 14 rebounds to earn game MVP.
“These past few weeks, I can’t think of a better way to end my high school career,” said Webb, referring to Hoover’s recent Class 6A state title. “I hate that it’s over, but at the same time, I can’t wait for the next challenge at Vanderbilt”
Mississippi’s 54 points was a tie for the lowest in series history. In 1997, Alabama beat Mississippi 60-54.
“That’s the first thing we brought up after the game,” said Alabama coach Tiffany Frederick, of Hoover. “My coaching philosophy is defense wins games, and that’s exactly what’s going to be expected out of these players when they get to college.
“This was a very talented team — a lot of great players.”