published Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Post-dominant Tennessee girls face Georgia in all-star basketball game

The Tennessee-Georgia all-star high school basketball games will be held tonight at Notre Dame High School.

The girls' game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. The boys' game will start at about 8.

There will be a 3-point shooting contest among the participants at halftime of each game and a dunk contest before the boys' game.

Coordinating the event is the final duty at Notre Dame for outgoing athletic director Howie Sompayrac, who is in the process of preparing to move to Knoxville. There he'll take over as director of school advancement at St. Joseph's School.

"It's been hectic with trying to get ready to move," Sompayrac said, "but it's fun once you eventually get to the game."

The Tennessee girls will be coached by Notre Dame's Wes Moore. Sompayrac said this year's squad features four girls in the 6-foot range.

"It's definitely a different team than we've had in the past," Moore said. "We've usually had a smaller, quicker lineup. This team is totally different. We'll be post-dominated this year for sure."

Heading the list of talent is Florida signee Brooke Copeland, who was chosen the Chattanooga area's female athlete of the year for the second time in a row at the Times Free Press's Best of Preps banquet May 29.

"When you get a group like that," Moore said of the collection of talent he'll be coaching, "you can just kind of sit back and watch."

Southeast Whitfield's Michael Durham will coach the Georgia girls, and Dade County's Glen Hicks will coach the Georgia boys. Hamilton Heights' Zach Ferrell will coach the Tennessee boys.

about Kelley Smiddie...

Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com.

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