Thursday, April 19, 2007
Jenkins, Jones named all-area
By BARRY BURLESON
Two Marshall County basketball players were recently recognized among the top 15 players in the area.
The all-area first, second and third teams were released April 8 by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Potts Camp’s Kenyotta Jenkins was named to the second team and H.W. Byers’ Rachel Jones was picked for the third team.
Jenkins, a 6-0 freshman, averaged 21 points, 11.5 rebounds and three assists per game for the Lady Cardinals in the 2006-07 season. She also had 70 blocks.
“To be honored on the all-area team as a freshman says a lot about her God-given ability,” said Kevin Harris, who has coached Jenkins three years. “Potentially, she could be the best player ever out of this area.
“She can improve, and it could be a bit scary for opponents as she gets older and develops her skills.”
Coach Harris, who recently resigned from his coaching position at Potts Camp, said Jenkins is also a quality person.
“She’s one of the most popular kids at our school,” he said. “She’s a genuinely good kid – a joy to be around. Her stats are good, but her character is better. She’s been a joy to coach.”
Jones, a 5-5 sophomore, averaged 14.9 points, 6.7 assists, 4.3 steals and three rebounds per game for the Lady Lions in the 2006-07 season. The point guard helped lead coach Jason Thompson’s Byers team to the state tournament for the first time in school history.
She’s the first female player from Byers ever named to the Daily Journal’s all-area team.
“Honestly speaking, it was a shock,” Jones said. “It’s an illustrious feeling. Being labeled as one of the better players in the area motivates me to be an even better player. I was really at a loss for words when I was told I made the all-area team, and to be the first girl from Byers is a huge honor.”
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal has selected the all-area team for 20 years.
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