Anna Jones was a shooting guard and forward as a freshman two years ago, and University School of Jackson coach Tony Shutes said shooting guard is her natural position.
But he’s needed her as a point guard since then, and Jones has continued to excel.
“I never thought I would say this, but I like playing point guard better now,” Jones said Tuesday. “I don’t know. I just like starting with the ball in my hands and making my teammates more open, being able to create with that.”
The junior creates offense for the Lady Bruins and problems for everyone else. Despite facing frequent traps, Jones scored 27 points Tuesday in a 60-41 win at rival Jackson Christian.
The Lady Bruins (10-0) trailed 14-12 after one quarter but led 29-20 at halftime. In that key second quarter, Jones scored 11 points and sister Emily, an eighth-grader, added four of her six total points.
But Shutes is confident in his other options for production, too.
“We’re a team this year we don’t know where it’s coming from, but we’re deep enough that on any given night we know there’s going to be someone there to help Anna out,” Shutes said. “It’s not going to be just like a one-man team like it was last year.”
Kelsey Rice led Jackson Christian (3-4) with 13 points and Kady Beth Cook added 11. Cook was particularly aggressive going for rebounds, and coach Kristen Moore said it’s no surprise the soccer goalkeeper has good hands, too.
But Anna Jones was too much to handle after halftime.
“I think in the second half we lost her some, and first half we were really aware of where she was,” Moore said. “I felt like tonight we just kind of got tired at the end, and that’ll just be something to work on with conditioning and endurance in practice.”
Aspen Guy scored seven points for Jackson Christian. Cadie Hatch, Kayla Davenport and Conley Clouse each scored three.
Shutes’ seniors, Payton Jett and Rachel Aristorenas, scored seven and five points respectively for USJ. Kallie Pickens also had five, while Taylor Tenpenny and Ashton Hulme had four apiece.
“Our young girls are going to have to grow up because the further we go it’s just going to be harder and harder,” Shutes said, mentioning the gains from playing big schools like Bolton, Briarcrest, Dyer County and Munford already.
“ … We’re hoping all this is going to help our young kids grow. If they do that, I think we have a really good team.”
USJ 58, Jackson Christian 48
Central Florida signee Clayton Hughes matched Jones with 27 points, and Brandon Craig added 13 as the Bruins (8-1) beat a city rival. George Markos scored eight.
For the host Eagles (6-1), Jeremy Stewart scored 15 points. Josh Cole had 13 and Riley Ragan 12.
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