RULEVILLE — Ruleville’s Jacorriah Bracey is a Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen selection, a University of Mississippi commit and arguably the top female basketball player in the area, but on Friday the junior did something against Humphreys County that even shocked her.
Bracey scored a career-high 53 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, dished out four assists, recorded four steals and blocked three shots en route to leading the Lady Tigers to an 80-61 win over the Humphreys County Cowgirls in Region 3-3A hardwood action. The Lady Tigers are now 13-4 overall with a perfect 6-0 mark in the region while Humphreys County fell to 8-12 with a 4-2 region record.
“I wasn’t too focused on scoring,” Jacorriah said. “I was focused on getting the win.
“I didn’t know I had that many points until they told me after the game,” she said smiling.
Chiquita Bracey, the Lady Tigers head coach and Jacorriah’s mom said she felt it was a special night, but J.B., as she is affectionately called, was just playing ball.
“We don’t keep track of numbers during the game, we just play the game,” Coach Bracey said. “Everyone gets concerned about scoring, but we are not. We think about doing the things we need to do to win the game and tonight the team played extremely hard and did just that.”
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 21-14 first quarter lead with Bracey scoring 13 in that period. Ruleville took a 25-18 lead in the second quarter, but Humphreys County battled back. With 4:10 left in the first half, the score was tied at 29-29.
As the second period progressed, the Cowgirls managed to take a 37-33 lead. The Lady Tigers got baskets from senior Deandrea Craft and sophomore Tacqueria Turner to tie the game at 37-37. With 1:12 left in the half, the score was knotted again at 40-40, but Bracey went to work and outscored Humphreys County 7-3 in the final minute to give the Lady Tigers a 47-43 lead at halftime.
Bracey had 29 of the team’s 47 points at the half.
Aeronisha Jefferson made two free throws to close the gap to 47-45 to start the third quarter, but that would be as close as the team would get in the second half. Ruleville went on a 9-0 run to take a 56-45 lead and never looked back.
“The game went as expected,” Coach Bracey said. “Humphreys County and Amanda Elzy are two of our biggest rivalries in the district, and it was a tight one for a while tonight. We wanted to secure this win so we can be sitting in a good spot for the district tournament.”
While Bracey was excited about what Jacorriah was able to do, she was equally proud of the way a couple of her players stepped up and performed.
“The last couple of weeks we have been playing well, and we have some young players that are making some mistakes but they are playing hard, and that’s all you can ask for right now,” Coach Bracey said.
“I have two young players in Shamiyah Thomas and Tacqueria Turner that are giving us really good minutes. They are getting valuable experience that is going to benefit us in the long run,” she added.
Joining Bracey’s 53 was Craft who finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, Turner added eight points, and Markevia Shaw scored seven points.
Breanna Scrivens led Humphreys County with 18 points, followed by Beyonce Browder with 15 points and Jefferson with 14 points in the loss.
Ruleville will be back in action Tuesday as the team travels to Greenwood to play Amanda Elzy.