Anthony Jarrett practically stopped in mid-bite, pausing in the middle of some tasty postgame lasagna, incredulous at what he’d been told.
The senior guard’s surprise wasn’t alone amongst the G.W. Carver boys basketball team.
Jarrett scored a career-high 28 points in the Wolverines’ 86-43 win Monday over Jeff Davis in the Class 6A, Area 6 championship.
“I had 28?” Jarrett said. “That’s crazy.”
Jarrett was 7-of-10 on 3-pointers, forcing another dinner break, and the Wolverines (23-1) set up a home subregional game Friday. They’ll play Central-Phenix City.
“I was 7-of-10. For real?” Jarrett said. “I had no idea. Not at all.”
Jarrett eclipsed his previous career high by 10 points, a mark set just two weeks ago. He had 18 points in a 77-47 home win over Central-Hayneville.
“I hope he can continue this onslaught,” Carver coach James “J.J.” Jackson said. “We’ve been wanting him to fill that outside void for us, and he’s doing that.
“This should give him a world of confidence.”
Jarrett had 17 points at halftime and, two minutes into the second half, was sitting at 23. It also settled a simmering dispute over a Sunday practice shoot-off by the Wolverines.
“I hope he can keep that rhythm going,” said junior Demetrius Houston, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. “We’re going to have to make him shoot even more in practice now. He needs to keep that jumper.”
Jackson said he had to chase the Wolverines out of the gym after practice Sunday. With a storm brewing outside, the players put up hundreds of shots and, Jackson said, would have shot more had he not shooed them away.
“They were out there challenging each other after practice,” Jackson said. “I had to get them out of here before the bad weather hit.
“When you have to run them out, that’s when you know they’re having fun.”
Demetrius Wesley scored 18 points to lead JD (21-9), which shot less than 30 percent. The Vols will travel to Opelika for a subregional Friday.
G.W. Carver girls 69,
Jeff Davis 56
Pamela Allen scored eight of her 16 points in the first quarter and Keyuana Thompson had eight of her 15 in the fourth to lead the Wolverines (23-2) over the Vols (22-8).
Carver will host Central-Phenix City in a subregional. JD travels to Opelika.
Taja-wana Russell added 11 points, while Kendra Fowler and Yazmyne Brown finished with 10 each for the Wolverines.
Russell and Thompson powered a first-half run that gave Carver a double-figure lead. Russell had five points and Thompson four in a 12-2 spurt that made it 30-17. JD didn’t get within 12 again.
Jasmine Walker’s 21 points, including 10 in the final 1:10, led the Vols. Tia Manora added 13.