Theresa Humble expects the best from her team. Even in a win.
The Jennings basketball coach has lead her girls to a 16-8 regular season record, and it’s not by going easy on the squad.
“They have to have the mindset that every game is just as important,” Humble continues. “We really started off slow today. We were sluggish getting back; we weren’t in the right flow and that made us work.”
Jennings’ stand out senior and team point leader Amoni White finished the game with 14 points in the 49-36 victory over the Riverview Gardens Rams. The senior guard drove hard to the net and rebounded well, but Humble has seen better performances from her.
“It’s nice [having a player like her in the playoffs], but she actually plays better than that,” says Humble.
The Warriors were off to a hot start, scoring 15 and keeping the Rams to just 6 points in the first including a 13-0 run from Jennings early.
The second saw the roles reversed with Jennings collecting a slim 4 points and the Rams of Riverview scoring 13 to walk into the locker rooms at half showing 19 all on the board.
The game stayed quick and close until the forth, where the Warriors were able to make the right adjustments to take the lead and keep it. Coach Humble explains, “We had to do a better job of trying to deny their key players the ball”.
Those key players were Freshman Amonye Allan and Senior Ja’ceauna Perkins, the two leading scorers for the Rams. Allan’s play is but another freshman, and she has emerged to be a glimmering light for Riverview’s future. Neither player was able to find her groove on Tuesday but watch for Allan to make an impact in the coming years.
The Jennings Warriors will face the 15-10 Clayton Greyhounds this Sunday at 2pm. The game is being hosted at Hazelwood East High School.