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Three from Forsyth County selected to elite high school basketball all-star game
Lambert's Connor Mannion (from left), West Forsyth's Jenna Staiti and Lambert's Andrew Melms will play in the GACA 2016 All-Star Basketball Showcase in Savannah on Saturday, March 12, alongside and against some of the top talent in the state. - photo by File photos

Three Forsyth County high school basketball players were selected to play in arguably the state’s top all-star game.

Lambert’s Connor Mannion and Andrew Melms and West Forsyth’s Jenna Staiti will play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s 2016 All-Star Basketball Showcase on Saturday, March 12 at historic Beach High School in Savannah.

Staiti will play in the Girls Senior Showcase at 1 p.m. Melms will play in the Boys Junior Showcase at 3 and Mannion will play in the Boys Senior Showcase at 5.

South Forsyth’s Sarah Myers was invited to play, according to War Eagles head coach Keith Gravitt, but won’t participate due to her ankle injury suffered in the team’s regular season finale. Myers played in the junior all-star game last year.

The trio will play against and alongside some of the top talent in the state in a North vs. South format.

It will be a familiar experience for Staiti, who played in the junior event last year, though she’ll enter with far more notoriety this time after a memorable performance in the state playoffs. The senior Maryland signee and Atlanta Tip-off Club’s Miss Georgia Basketball averaged 26.5 points, 13.7 rebounds and 4.2 blocks this season, but was even better in the state playoffs averaging 39 points to help lead West to the AAAAAA semifinals.

Mannion was a double-double machine for Lambert this season. The senior forward who signed with the Naval Academy averaged 19.1 points and 13.2 rebounds a game to help the Longhorns win a second-straight Region 6-AAAAAA championship and reach the second round of the AAAAAA state playoffs.

Melms directed Lambert’s blistering offense. The junior point guard averaged 10 points and 7.7 assists a game to go along with 3.6 rebounds.