Jemison snaps streak with win over Verbena

Published 12:09 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2022

By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

Jemison High School’s varsity girls’ basketball team snapped its losing streak on Dec. 12 securing a 57-25 win on the road over Verbena High School. The Panthers last win came on Nov. 18 against Verbena when Jemison prevailed 60-14.

Zariyah Johnson and Jaclyn Lowery made an impact on Nov. 18 scoring 18 and 15 points, respectively. The duo backed that performance up on Dec. 12 with Johnson leading the Panthers in scoring with 16 points, and Lowery following behind with 14 points.

“We went into the game wanting to get back to the basics of who we are,” Jemison coach Kelsey Mims said. “After struggling last week, it was good to get back to that.”

Jemison jumped out quickly on Verbena much like the game on Nov. 18. The Panthers took care of the ball and took advantage of some Verbena turnovers that led to some easy buckets. Jemison amassed 14 steals against the Red Devils.

Lowery paired her 14 points with 13 rebounds to post a double-double and added six assists and five steals in the game. Johnson and Trinity Bean each went 2-for-4 from 3-point range, and the Panthers knocked down five threes’ in the game as a team.

The Panthers were dominant on the boards grabbing 41 rebounds as a team and was led by Lowery’s 13 boards. Braelyn Bradford pulled down seven rebounds, and Alexis Varner and Caiana Lucas had five rebounds each.

“We played great defense … and we minimized our turnovers, which helped greatly,” Mims said. “It was a great win for us heading into our last game before Christmas.”

Jemison (4-6) hosts Isabella High School on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. for their last game of the calendar year. Verbena (0-7) travels to Isabella on Dec. 13 at the same time for its last game of the 2022 portion of the season as well.