By Robert Wilson

       Madison-Ridgeland Academy senior forward Cam Humphries’ best sport is volleyball but the fans at the MAIS Overall Basketball Tournament last week would find that hard to believe.

       The 6-foot Humphries – who will be playing beach volleyball for the University of North Florida next year – had a game-high 20 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot to lead MRA to a 63-46 victory over Pillow Academy last week in the first round at the Overall at Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum in Clinton.

       For her outstanding performance, Humphries has been named the Performance Therapy/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Girls Basketball Player of the Week.

       Humphries also had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in only 10 minutes in a 63-46 victory over Delta Academy in a second-round Overall game last week.

       Humphries shot 73.3 percent from the field (11 of 15) in the two Overall games last week.

       “Cam is an extremely hard work and comes every day to practice to get better,” MRA coach Stephen Force said. “She is 100 percent a team player and will do whatever it takes for the team to succeed. Even though Cam didn’t play her junior year, her work ethic last spring and summer, and into the fall allowed her to pick back up right where she left off as a sophomore.”

       Humphries is averaging 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals this season for 30-7 MRA.

       The Class 6A state champion Lady Patriots play 6A state runner-up Presbyterian Christian School Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Overall championship game at MC. MRA has beaten PCS in two of the three meetings this season, including a 53-49 win in the 6A state tournament at PCS in Hattiesburg.

Coaches can nominate players for the Player of the Week award by texting or calling Robert Wilson at 601.506.2276. Only players on teams in Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties are eligible.