Stars shine again for Vincent, Jones
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Westview’s Teddy Vincent and Gleason’ Briana Jones had one more chance to play on the basketball court — as high school seniors.
Both players were selected to play in the Ridgecrest National Guard West Tennessee All-Star Basketball Game at Liberty High School in Jackson.
Vincent and Jones were drafted to play for Brookie’s Barn All-Stars and were coached by Westview head coach Sean Stephenson.
Brookie’s went on to win 51-36 in a game played under college rules, including 20 minutes for each half.
It is not the first time Vincent and Jones have played as teammates as both played on the same team in travel ball.
This was the last time, however, as both are headed off to college to continue their basketball careers.
It is also the last time Vincent will play under the coaching of Stephenson, and it was a bittersweet experience for her. She also enjoyed being out on the court with such great talent.
“It was fun to do it one last time,” said Vincent, who is headed to High Point (N.C) University on a hoops scholarship. “It was awesome to be out there with all of that talent.”
Vincent followed up a 3-pointer by Madison’ Cayla Sheet with a 3-pointer of her own and then hit a short jumper to give Brookie’s an early 8-0 lead.
Vincent also pulled down a couple of rebounds.
Vincent had some familiar players as teammates. Obion County Central’s Brandi Goodman was on the team, as were Covington’s Precious Dyson and Ashia Jones.
Gibson County’s Jasmine Whittemore was also on Brookie’s to give the team a distinct District 13-AA feel.
Vincent helped lead the Lady Chargers to the Class 2A state tournament in March, finishing with a 29-7 record.
She was selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Class 2A all-state team as a senior.
Vincent started in 100 games — beginning as a sophomore — and had 18.6 points and seven rebounds a game as a senior.
It was a lot of fun for Jones, the Truett-McConnell (Ga.) signee, to be back out on the court one more time as a high school senior.
Though she did not get the ball as much, she did hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:32 to play to put Brookie’s up 49-32. She also had one rebound.
Goodman is one player Jones enjoyed being on the floor with as teammates.
“That was awesome,” Jones said. “That was a lot of fun because she is a great girl. She did not get a lot calls her way, but she made some plays.”
Jones will continue working on her skills this summer before heading down to Truett-McConnell.
“I actually do not have to go down there until August,” Jones said. “The coach is big on family so he wants me to stay here as long as I can. I will have a workout plan this summer.”
Jones was also selected the TSWA all-state team in Class 1A.
She led Gleason to the District 13A tournament championship her senior season and a 21-8 overall record.
Jones finished her high school career with over 1,500 points. She averaged 12.7 points per game for her career along with 7.2 rebounds.
She averaged 19.7 points and 9.7 rebounds as a senior.
Published in The WCP 5.7.13