BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) — Alivia Hughes, who was one of the Magnolia State’s most highly decorated athletes on the court last season, is prepared to help the Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team in any manner that she possibly can.
Hughes became the newest member of the Lady Tigers 2014-15 signing class after she inked her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the ten-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship program.
“From a talent perspective, she’s one of the top guards in the state,” said Northeast headman Brian Alexander. “She’s extremely quick with great ball skills. She is just a tremendous mentally tough individual and we’re happy she’s here with us.
“The character of this specific kid is tremendous. She’s going to be really good here and is very committed to hanging another championship banner in Bonner Arnold Coliseum.”
Hughes recorded a solid senior season at Clinton High School while under the tutelage of head coach Felicia Burton and assistant Kunshinge Sorrell Howard, who led the Lady Tigers to the 1986 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) title game and was a 2011 inductee into the MACJC Hall of Fame.
“It feels amazing because I’m about to play with a great team,” Hughes said. “Coach Alexander is a great coach so I know he’s going to amazing things with us. I want to win a championship this year and help my teammates out every game.”
The 5'6" guard was named as one of 40 seniors to watch in the state during the 2013-14 campaign by The Clarion-Ledger. She lived up to the hype by guiding the Lady Arrows to an incredible 24-4 record in her final season at the prep level.
Hughes and fellow Northeast signee Harper Newell both averaged three steals per game to direct a stingy Clinton defense that held its initial eight opponents to only 43 points each contest.
The Lady Arrows outscored their Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 4, Class 6A rivals by an average of 65-43 to claim the regular season and tournament region crowns.
Hughes had a phenomenal performance during Clinton’s MHSAA Class 6A postseason opener against Starkville High School. She scored a game-high 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting with five steals and four rebounds in a 76-52 victory by the Lady Arrows.
She appeared in each of Clinton’s 28 games as a senior and finished tied Newell with a team-best 12.6 points per game. Hughes also had 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds each outing.
For her leadership and hard work throughout the 2014 campaign with the Lady Arrows, Hughes was named to The Clarion-Ledger’s prestigious All-Metro team.
Hughes was a part of the varsity squad at Clinton for four seasons. During her outstanding career, she averaged 13.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per contest.
Her teams qualified for the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs three times and won division titles twice. The Lady Arrows held a solid 8-4 mark in postseason matchups with Hughes on their roster.
Hughes scored a personal best 30 points as a sophomore in a loss to North Pontotoc High School and tallied the only double-double of her career one year later with 18 points and 10 boards in a victory versus Terry High School.
She shot 33 percent from the floor and 27 percent from three-point range at Clinton with a total of 1,187 points.