Jackson breaks Lady Braves rebounding record
Bonner Springs Friday night won’t be remembered as the night the Bonner Springs girls basketball team suffered a 48-37 loss to Piper. Instead, it will be remembered as the night senior Julianne Jackson became the program’s all-time leading rebounder.
With 6:15 left in the third quarter, Jackson pulled down her eighth rebound of the game to give her 551 career rebounds, breaking Cheryl Chambers’ record of 550, set in 1979.
At the next stoppage in play, Jackson’s accomplishment was announced to the crowd, where she said she was a little uncomfortable because she doesn’t like the attention, and that she couldn’t show much emotion because she was about to inbound the ball.
“It was really surprising actually because I knew I was on track to beat it soon,” Jackson said. “It was weird they did it right then at that moment, and it caught me off-guard.”
Jackson, who grabbed 25 boards against Tonganoxie on Dec. 15, was also honored at halftime of the boys game for breaking Chambers’ single-game record of 24 set in 1979.
She finished with 12 points before fouling out.
Coach Clay Oakes said the moment was unbelievable. He knew coming into the season that she had a good chance at breaking the record before winter break.
“We had a pretty good idea she was going to break it because she’s been averaging eight or nine rebounds a game,” Oakes said.
The Lady Braves dug themselves into a bit of a hole early, turning the ball over 12 times in the first quarter as Piper used a full-court press.
Bonner Springs wasn’t turning the ball over up front, but they were losing it at midcourt because of bad passes. The Lady Braves finally settled down, and used an 8-2 run to take a 19-18 lead.
Piper went back to the press, regained the lead, and forced three more turnovers as it went on an 11-0 run to close the half.
Miyah Hightower led Bonner Springs in scoring with 14 points.
The Lady Braves had difficulty guarding Piper’s Jessica Wayne and Ryan Cobbins.
“Those two are very athletic,” Oakes said. “Jessica is just like Julianne — she’s been starting since she was a freshman, and she’s a special player. Now she’s leaving, and now they’ve got another great freshman, Ryan, that’s coming in this year that’s going to step in where Jessica leaves off.”
When the Lady Braves come back from break, their first game is against Mill Valley. Oakes didn’t acknowledge Piper being a good test before break because he said his team made some uncharacteristic mistakes like turnovers and giving up too many second-chance opportunities.
“We found out when we box out and rebound the ball, this is a team we can play with and possibly beat down the road,” Oakes said.