By Charlie Chitwood
The season maybe over for Jefferson High’s Lady Bulldog basketball team, but post-season honors at the district level continue to exhibit the strength of the program.
While the squad received seven spots on the 16-3A All-District lists, the Lady Bulldogs placed nine players on the district’s All-Academic team. Jefferson’s nine honorees is just one short of equaling Beckville’s league-leading 10 All-Academic players and tied 16-3A champ Elysian Fields for second most among the eight district schools.
To qualify for the All-Academic squad, players had to have an overall grade average of 90 or better over the duration of the season.
As on the court, the Lady Bulldogs had senior leadership in the classroom. Four seniors – Tierra Hines, Deivya Hodge, Ja’Kayla Jones and Jamya Smith – made up the largest part of Jefferson’s academic honors squad. Hodge, Jones and Smith were also 1st Team honorees for their play on the court while Hines was tapped the 16-3A 2nd Team.
All three juniors on the team made the All-Academic team as well. Elaina Langbartels – the 16-3A Offensive Player of the Year – and classmates Hannah Welch (2nd Team) and Mikiah Allen (Honorable Mention) made the grade with their books as well.
Sophomores Nia Garrett (Honorable Mention) and Ma’Kiya Young also excelled in the classroom and qualified for the list.
While Beckville, Jefferson and Elysian Fields were at the very top of the District’s scholars, Harleton placed seven Lady Wildcats to finish with fourth-most among 16-3A squads. New Diana and Ore City each placed four players on the honors team while White Oak and Waskom each added four.
On the court, the Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a 25-9 record and tied for second place with White Oak, earning a spot in Texas’ Class 3A playoffs.
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