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Jackson leads Bucs

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Shatara Jackson scored 26 points as Laney defeated West Brunswick 47-37 in a high school girls’ basketball game last Tuesday in Shallotte.

Jackson, a senior guard, scored at least six points in each quarter and had eight steals as the Lady Buccaneers improved to 3-0 in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference and 10-3 overall.

West Brunswick coach Cherry Woodbury said Jackson’s ability to steal the ball and convert at the other end was the difference in the game.

“We turned the ball over near half-court and too many turned into easy layups for them,” Woodbury said. “That’s why they won the game. Shatara’s steals and easy layups were the difference in the game.”

Janae Baker added 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for Laney, which led 23-15 at halftime.

Other than the turnovers, Woodbury said she was pleased with the way her team performed against the conference’s top squad.

“I felt like it was the best we’ve ever played Laney, and Laney is always the best defensive team we play,” she said.

“I was pleased with 90 percent of our half-court execution. Unfortunately, the 10 percent where we turned the ball over hurt us. We outplayed Laney in every other aspect of the game.”

Senior guard Miranda “Pookie” Jenrette had 12 points, four assists and two steals to lead West Brunswick (2-2 conference, 10-4 overall).

Sheena Suttlemyre added eight points, Jordan “Jo Jo” Clear had five points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals and Jordan Winters had four points and six rebounds.

“Pookie and Jo Jo played great,” Woodbury said. “Jo Jo’s rebounds were big, and Pookie hit some big shots, played the defense and helped handle the ball.”

Kayla Padgett, a freshman forward, came in and played well at the small forward spot. “She had some nice passes and we had some nice post to post passes inside.”

Woodbury said Jackson has the speed and quickness of a male player and is a top college prospect that has drawn the attention of schools such as North Carolina and Connecticut.

“Shatara has long arms and is very good at anticipating those passes,” she said. “She might be the best player we see all year, certainly from an athletic standpoint. She’s the best defender. We don’t play anybody else that quick.”

Game Summary

Laney 11 12 10 14—47

W. Brun. 7 8 11 11—37

Laney scoring: Jackson 26, Baker 11, Truesdale 7, Johnson 2, Henry 1.

West Brunswick scoring: Jenrette 12, Suttlemyre 8, Clear 5, Winters 4, Padgett 4, Gause 2, White 2.