Greenville High School’s Jeanee Anderson, the Planters Bank Player of the Week, was not going to let victory slip away from the Honeybees in their home game against Starkville High School Friday night.
After falling behind by 16 points at halftime, Starkville stormed back in the second half to make it either team’s ball game in the game’s final minutes. Then, Anderson took over and made three key plays to seal the 65-59 win.
First, Anderson drove the lane, got fouled and converted two free throws to put the Honeybees back up by four points with 3:30 left in the game. Anderson then threw a no-look pass to teammate Jakayla Williams for an open three pointer to put Greenville back up by six. Finally, Anderson drove down the floor, blew by her defender and pulled back to make a dagger three-pointer to seal the victory.
Anderson scored 30 points in the game which equals a season high. She also had six rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Greenville High School coach Dakedreon Lampkin said he was not surprised anymore with all the great plays Anderson makes.
“She has been doing that for years now,” Lampkin said. “She understand how to play the game.”
Anderson’s teammate, Jakayla Williams, said she also was not surprised by how well Anderson has played this season. Anderson and Williams, who scored 23 points Friday, have been playing hoops together since middle school and have learned to use their instinct, intuition and timing to be dynamic one, two punch for their Honeybees.
This season both Williams and Anderson are taking their games to new heights. Anderson leads Greenville in scoring at 17.9 points per game and assists at 4.8 per game.. Williams is second for Greenville in scoring at 14 points per game.
“We are so close, and we know each other’s games so well,” Williams said. “I always know she is going to do what it takes to help our team.”
The victory Friday by the Honeybees pushes their record to 13-3 this season and also gave them a crucial victory in their district. Greenville is scheduled to host Germantown Tuesday night. The Honeybees are then scheduled to host South Panola on Friday night and O’Bannon High School on Satursday night.
Lampkin said his team can still accomplish all of its goals this season, but it has to learn not to take any plays off, like it did Friday night.
Greenville senior Aaliyah Parker scored six points for the Honeybees Friday. Senior Lazericka Rhodes scored four points and senior Quintaria McCray grabbed five rebounds.
“We can be a good team when we want to be a good team,” Lampkin said.