Two Lee Academy senior athletes earned spots in Class 3A-4A-5A MAIS All-Star Games scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Shortstop Emily Moser is in the softball all-star game at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. As the leadoff hitter, she finished with a .486 batting average, 26 hits and one home run against Marvell Academy.
Forward/central/attacking midfielder Elizabeth Basha is in the soccer all-star game at 3 p.m., also at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. She finished with 10 goals and two assists on the season.
“It’s a huge honor to be selected out of all the girls in 3A MAIS,” said Moser, who had the highest batting average on the team. “It’s just my coaches and everybody that supports me, I’m thankful for them and for all the coaches that saw all the success I had with softball.”
The Fillies softball team advanced to the North State tournament where they lost to Indianola Academy 6-4, beat Oak Hill 10-2 and lose to North Delta 3-2. Lee led North Delta 2-0, but Moser said errors and poor hitting decisions cost the Fillies the game.
Lee finished third in district play.
“We didn’t do as good as we wanted in district,” Moser said. “We split with North Delta (during the regular season). They beat us by more runs, so they got the higher seed than us.”
Moser plans to attend Ole Miss or Mississippi State next year, but softball is not part of her plans. In the all-star game, she hopes to “just to end the season with a good strong finish and try my best. It’s just a huge honor to be playing in the game. I’m just excited to play with some of my friends from other schools.”
“I just want to thank my coaches and my family for all the support they’ve given me and believing in me since I started playing,” Moser said.
Basha also had positive memories from the soccer season.
“We played really well,” she said. “We improved as the season went forward. We especially improved in the last week of the season, but I really think we could have performed better. We had a real chance. We had two big conference games the last week of the regular season and we lost by one goal each.”
Basha said the Fillies had potential to win their playoff game, but they lost 6-1 to Manchester Academy in the first round. She believes the future is bright for Lee and looks forward to playing in the all-star game.
“It’s honestly a big honor,” Basha said. “It’s a blessing really that we even had a season this year. I’m honored that I got all-star. I’ve been working since seventh grade. I’ve been working hard and I really love the sport.”
COVID-19 almost kept the Fillies from having a season. Basha and her brother Michael, who is a kicker on the football team, have been playing soccer since they were 4. She said she does not plan to play in college, but is looking at Ole Miss and out of state options to continue her education next year. She plans to major in biology.