After battling an ankle injury early in the season, Brewbaker Tech’s sophomore guard Bianca Jackson has returned to form and has the Rams rolling into the regional semifinals.
Brew Tech will face Charles Henderson in the Class 5A South Regional semifinals at 9 a.m. today in Dothan.
“It was very frustrating (being out). We had a couple of tough games that I wasn’t able to play in and help my teammates out,” Jackson said. “You learn a lot sitting on the sidelines, looking at stuff that happened or should’ve happened.”
Jackson returned from injury without a hitch, tallying five consecutive 30-point games. But Rams coach Cynthia Thompson said it’s been her leadership that has the Rams sitting at 20-7 for the year.
“They listen to her, and they respect her because it’s in her heart and she wants to win. And that’s what we need, a leader,” Thompson said. “She came in as a freshman trying to find a leadership area that she could bring out and bring to the team. But we had a long talk with her and let her know that she’s going to have to step it up and be a leader. And she had no problem doing that.”
Jackson’s averaging 23.1 points, 3.7 assists and 3.7 steals a game for the Rams, who have put an emphasis on spending time off the court to build chemistry on it.
“We have a good bond off the court, so it’s just growing stronger,” Jackson said. “I’m just encouraging my teammates and listening to them. They give me feedback on what I should do better, and I’m trying to help them out — as well as myself — on the court and off the court. Just trying to be a better person for my teammates.”
As the defensive intensity cranks up in the postseason, there’s no doubt Charles Henderson will be looking to shut Jackson down. Jackson’s used to being the center of attention, but her absence earlier in the season was actually beneficial for the Rams if she has an off night.
“They learned on how to focus as a team instead of depending on one player,” Thompson said. “We missed her of course, but at the same time each player has a role on the team. And when we put all that together, we should be fine.”