Melissa Murphy selected to play in a revived North-South All-Star Game on June 5th 2016 at Glenville
Pocahontas County High School girls head basketball coach Mike Kane received word this past week that senior all-state, all-Potomac Valley and all-Coalfield Conference point guard Melissa Murphy has been asked by a committee of basketball coaches to play on the South team in the recently revived 2016 North-South All-Star Game. The game will feature the best girls basketball players in West Virginia from all three classes.
Soon after the conclusion of the 2016 state tournament, Fairmont East High School girls head coach James Beckman led the charge to revive the annual girl’s basketball game after a parent asked on social media why there was no longer a game for girls. The girls game was played alongside a boys game in South Charleston for three years, from 2003 through 2005. The boy’s north-south game has continued uninterrupted.
Only seniors are invited to play in this game, and at least 15 invitations have been sent to players in each of the two regions. Murphy’s defensive skills, never quit attitude and team leadership at the point guard position have been noticed around the state. She led the most stat categories for the Lady Warriors this season and finished her career with 847 points and assisted her team mates 252 times.
Melissa is the twin-sister of Michelle and daughter of Karen Murphy and PCHS assistant girls coach Mike Murphy of Durbin. She is a two year member of the National Honor Society and a member of the PCHS Forestry Team that won back-to-back state forestry competitions and placed 11th at nationals. Murphy also runs distance races for the PCHS track team, and is active in 4-H competitions. She plans to attend Potomac State College in the fall.
The girls North-South game will be held on Sunday, June 5, at 4pm in the new Waco Center on the campus of Glenville State College. Three-point and foul shooting competitions will be part of the game events. Fans are asked to come out and support this revived girls game to make sure that West Virginia girls also can participate in an all-star basketball game each year.
Thanks to Bruce McKeon for the information in this report.