Jeff Davis’s Sydney Horne and Lee’s Areleztha Gipson fight for a loose ball at Lee High School in Montgomery, Ala. on Friday January 9, 2015.
In a battle of Class 7A top 10 teams, Jeff Davis coach LaKenya Knight needed somebody to step up.
Guard Ayiona Vason had already been carrying the scoring load, and reigning Advertiser All-Metro Player of the Year Jasmine Walker is easing her way back after a knee injury.
So Knight had a talk with junior Kayla Jackson.
“She’s been in a slump the last five or six games, and today we had a heart-to-heart talk,” Knight said. “We showed her some film, and I said ‘This is the person I want to see tonight.’ And she gave it to me. I don’t know if I need to do that for every game, but I’m glad I did it tonight.”
Jackson hit two free throws in the closing seconds to put the game away, as No. 5 Jeff Davis topped No. 8 Robert E. Lee 63-59 on Friday night.
Jackson scored 14 points, and feels like she broke out of her slump.
“It was a lot of pressure on me because everybody wanted me to make (the free throws). I pulled through. Our team won, together,” Jackson said. “I feel like I broke through (my slump). All I needed was (my coach) to talk to me, and my team counted on me. So I pulled through.”
Jeff Davis rallied to tie the game at 20-20 at halftime. It was tied 38-38 after three quarters.
Walker led the Vols (17-3, 3-0 Class 7A, Area 3) with 16 points. Vason also had 14 points.
Thanks to a flurry of 3-pointers to end the game, Tykeria Williams scored 24 points for the Generals (17-4, 1-1). Areleatha Gipson, who was also hitting from downtown, added 20 points.
Robert E. Lee boys 88,
Jeff Davis 72
Johnathan Wiley led the Generals to an area win with his 18-point performance. Lee built an early seven-point lead after the first quarter, and stretched its lead to 21 points after three.
Wiley is part of a group of new faces that have helped the Generals to an 18-2 start, and 2-0 in area play. He was at Evangel Christian last year, and at Jeff Davis before that.
“I was just playing calm and letting the game come to me,” Wiley said. “It feels good. We come to practice every day and try to get better. We feel like we have a good coach, good staff. If feels good to get the win.”
Tommy Burton added 16 points for the No. 5 Generals. Kendarius Hartwell had 14 points and Trenton Clayton chipped in 11.
Justin Norman led Jeff Davis with 19 points. Addison Coleman scored 11 points.