JD girls want more than regional title

JD girls want more than regional title


JD girls want more than regional title


There was a little screaming and Jasmine Walker sang along for a few bars of “We are the Champions.”

Otherwise, the celebration was subdued after the Jeff Davis girls basketball team won another regional championship.

“We still have business to handle,” Walker said after the Vols’ 72-53 win over Central-Phenix City on Tuesday for the 7A Central Regional title.

“Last year, we went to Birmingham and I think we were just happy to be there,” Walker said. “This year, we’re taking it more serious.

“We know what we have to do.”

JD (29-4) won its second straight regional title — and sixth in 10 years — and hopes to avoid last year’s fate.

The Vols’ 55-34 state semifinal loss to Shades Valley still stings enough that an Acadome celebration isn’t good enough.

“We’re still trying to get to where we want,” JD junior Kayla Jackson said. “We want the blue map.

“We’re not being complacent, but we won’t celebrate until we get it.”

Hazel Green — whose coach, Tim Miller, is a JD grad and who coached the Vols to their 2006 state title — is next on JD’s agenda.

The Vols play Hazel Green at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Birmingham.

“We just want one thing,” junior Ahyiona Vason said. “We won’t celebrate until we get it.”

There was little suspense Tuesday to help spark a memorable celebration, anyway.

At halftime, the Vols led 50-25, marking their most first-half points this season, and were shooting 69 percent. JD had four players finish in double figures.

Walker totaled 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Vason had 15 points and eight assists. Jackson added 13 points and Sydney Horne 11.

“As a team, we did all the little things,” Walker said. “We worked hard, and we deserved this win.”

Victoria Fickin had 12 points, while Erin Hicks and Courtney Baker added 11 each for the Red Devils (18-12).

“We still have more business to take care of,” Jackson said. “We know what we want.”

Jeff Davis’ Jasmine Walker (40) embraces, from front left, Jeff Davis’ Lavarsha Thigpen (21), Jeff Davis’ Ahyiona Wilson (10) and Jeff Davis’ Sydney Horne after winning the AHSAA Class 7A Central Region Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, against Central-Phenix City at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in Montgomery, Ala. Jeff Davis defeated Central-Phenix City 72-53.


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