How Westview responded when star player Jada Harrison scored only nine points

Michael Odom
Jackson Sun

MURFREESBORO — There is no doubt that when sophomore Jada Harrison takes the court she has the ability to change the game.

That is why she has offers from schools like Louisville, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

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But what happens when Harrison can't perform like the star player?

On Wednesday, her Westview teammates showed their potential to lead the team to a win over Meigs County 41-30 in the Class AA quarterfinals at the Murphy Center.

"She is talented, and there is no question that she is one of the best players in the state," Westview coach Brian Haskins said. "Most good players have the ability to right the ship and say, 'Let's get it going.' She might not have been scoring early, but she was still controlling the basketball game for us."

Harrison has only been held to single-digit scoring three times during the season — seven points in a 41-point win over Liberty, nine points in a 39-point win over Lake County and nine points in Wednesday's quarterfinal. She is averaging 17.2 points.

Harrison was 0-for-6 from the field in the first half, but she did have two assists, two steals and a rebound. She finished with four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

"It doesn't matter if I score, as long as I am making my teammates better," Harrison said. 

Harrison said that Meigs County did a good job taking away her drive away. But she was able to find Angelina Barr open in the post.

Harrison's teammates helped the Lady Chargers go on a 26-9 run in the middle two quarters.

Avery Leyhue and Emerson Leyhue joined Harrison with nine points each, while Barr added eight points.

"When your best player is not hitting shots, you have to step up and make shots for her," Emerson Leyhue said. "You have to make sure it started on defense because defense creates offense."

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Westview has a day off before playing Grainger in the semifinals Friday.

"Jada is not going to stay off the board for long; that is not her attitude," Emerson Leyhue said. "She is just going to keep pushing."

Haskins agreed that the day off will help.

"Any time you get a day, it is going to help," Haskins said. "Both times that we have been up recently, we have been Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and your kids are give out. The whole team will regroup tomorrow."

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Reach Michael Odom at michodom@jacksonsun.com or 731-425-9754. Follow him on Twitter @JSWriterMichael.