Argent selected to play in all-star game

Published 2:57 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Adi Argent was the first basketball player from Chilton County High School to be selected to play in the AHSAA North-South All-Star Game.

She will play in this year’s installment of the annual contest.

“I am just super excited that I was chosen,” Argent said. “They could have chosen any of the girls from throughout the state, but to know that I was one that stood out is an honor.”

The all star selection is a fitting end to a memorable year for the CCHS junior, who helped lead her team to an area title and surpassed 1,000 career points in the process.

“It’s a great opportunity for her to possibly get recruited, but it also gives our program exposure,” CCHS head coach Clint Pitchford said. “She’s a game changer for a program.”

Argent has been a difference maker throughout her high school career, which includes being named Co-Player of the Year as a freshman at Thorsby.

“I couldn’t have received any of the awards or be the ballplayer that I am without my teammates pushing me,” Argent said.

According to Pitchford, what makes Argent so dangerous on the basketball court is the variety of ways in which she can influence a game.

She plays with a frantic pace but rarely gets caught out of position.

The 2018 North-South All-star game will be played at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in Montgomery on July 18. (Contributed photo)

“One thing that you can’t coach is the ability to react quickly,” Pitchford said. “You can help an athlete improve in that area, but there are some natural things that an athlete has to have in order to be an outstanding player.”

Having played basketball since she was 4 years old, Argent has those natural gifts that come to the forefront once she steps onto a basketball court.

“We really play an aggressive style,” Argent said. “I don’t see the reason to not take chances, because you never know what the outcome will be. It may work out or it may not, but you can always learn from your mistakes.”

The North-South game includes players from all classifications and some of the best talent in the state sharing the court.

Argent will take part in two days of practice prior to the game July 18 at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in Montgomery. The game is a showcase for players that will be seniors in the upcoming school year.

Pitchford submitted Argent’s name as a nomination for the all-star contest midway through the season.

According to Pitchford, a player’s career body of work is factored in during the decision process.

“I think I was just as excited as she was,” Pitchford said. “My dream as a coach is to see my players fulfill their dreams.”