By Charlie Chitwood,
We’re pretty used to it around here – at least since Mark Allen came in and stabilized the Lady Bulldog basketball program – Jefferson’s girls are headed back to the hoops playoffs.
Harmony’s 14-0 walk through District 16-3A earned the Lady Eagles another district crown and set them up as Jefferson’s Bi-District Playoff opponent next Monday at Spring Hill. No matter how that game ends up, the red-clad Lady Eagles will have a hard time duplicating Senior Night send-off given Jefferson Tuesday night by Daingerfield’s Makayla Roberson.
The Lady Tiger standout pulled off an extreme basketball rarity in the regular-season finale by turning a quadruple-double against Jefferson – 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.
Double-doubles are hard enough to come by. Triple-doubles are even rarer – especially in the women’s game. But reaching double-digit totals in FOUR single-game statistical categories? It’s rarer than a Bigfoot sighting on the Big Cypress.
In the top level of women’s NCAA basketball, only FOUR quadruple-doubles have been recognized and the last one came over a year ago. Grambling State’s Shakyla Hill is credited with turning in the most recent accomplishment, having posted the exact same numbers turned in Tuesday night by the Daingerfield standout.
Prior to Hill’s effort, the previous quadruple-double in women’s basketball occurred almost 25 years earlier – Sonja Tate of Arkansas State scored 29 points against Mississippi Valley State on Jan. 27, 1993, and added 14 rebounds to go along with 10 each steals and assists.
Lamar University’s Ramona Jones had one in 1991, while the “first” (steals were only recognized statistically by NCAA in 1987) occurred during the 1988-89 season when Loyola-Chicago’s Veronica Pettry added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 steals to her eye-popping 22 assists.
Okay, so quadruple-doubles are rare in women’s basketball.
Over on the men’s side of D-I college hoops, Lester Hudson of Tennessee-Martin turned the trick in a 2007 game.
In the NBA? “The Admiral” David Robinson still has claim to the last professional quadruple-double when he turned the trick in 1994, one of just FOUR such dominant games in the history of the league.
If you were at the Jefferson-Daingerfield girls’ varsity game Tuesday night, you were a witness to more than just the Lady Bulldogs’ Senior Night honorifics. That the trick was pulled off by Jefferson’s opponent matters not one whit. It’s just too bad Roberson didn’t wait until Daingerfield’s tiebreaker game against Tatum to do the deed.
So the 2018 NFL season has come to its conclusion and the %$@&^!% Patriots have another Super Bowl championships to their credit. America’s apparently fed up with seeing the Pats’ trophy hoists – the television audience for the NFL’s “Game of the Year” turned out like it was 2009, when Pittsburg beat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.
Lower television audiences don’t do much for the National Football League, especially heading into the league’s 100th Anniversary Season when play starts up again this fall. But give ‘em credit – helluva commercial featuring loads of old-school talent. Cold-blooded, though, that Joe Montana looked past an open Michael Irvin with his “not today, Cowboy” line.
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