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SIMPSON ACADEMY SOPHOMORE AVA DUNN SETS MAIS 3-POINTER RECORD, TIES FOR SECOND MOST IN MISSISSIPPI HISTORY, WITH 11 IN VICTORY OVER WESSON
Ava is the daughter of Morgan and Chris Dunn; granddaughter of Kim and Joe McNulty; Donna and David Dunn
Photo by Morgan Dunn
Ava Dunn, a sophomore at Simpson Academy, made MAIS girls basketball history! Ava scored 11 3-pointers in the Puckett High Tournament and broke a school record with 40 points scored in the game. Simpson defeated Wesson 76-45.
“Ava is one of my hardest working players and one of my most unselfish,” said Coach Linda Dear, who has won 591 games in 37 seasons, 20 seasons at Simpson. “I think her teammates were just as excited as she was about tonight. They realized that she had a chance to do something special so they kept setting good screens for her so she could get off good shots. Ava is only a sophomore but has the respect of my seniors. They were her biggest fans tonight. Ava is a 38 percent 3-point shooter and a 70 percent free throw shooter. She had a really bad shooting night earlier this season at home and as soon as we said the prayer after the game, she asked me to help her get the shoot away (machine) out. When I left the gym that night Ava was still shooting. That’s the kind of player she is. Ava is as tough as nails and not scared of anybody. She is a lot of like her mama (Morgan) who I coached also. I’ve only had two undefeated seasons in all my years of coaching – her mama’s junior high team went 20-0 in 1995 and Ava’s junior high team last year went 27-0.”
Ava Dunn is a force to be reckoned with!