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Days after being named a 2018-2019 girls’ basketball Dandy Dozen, South Jones standout Jordan Clark inked her LOI (Letter of Intent) with the Jones College Lady Bobcats. Clark did so in front of family, coaches and teammates inside the Media Center at South Jones High School Friday afternoon.

“It’s a blessing,” said Clark. “I feel overwhelmed, and I’m happy with my choice.”

The 5’6 guard had offers from nearly every junior college school in the state. Several D1 colleges showed interest as well says Clark.

“I felt comfortable there,” Clark said of her decision to sign with Jones College. “It feels like home to me. I get along with the coaches at Jones, and they’ve shown interest in me [from the very beginning].”

Joining the varsity squad as an eighth-grader, Clark averages 12.4 points per game in 103 played. Last season she scored 468 points in 31 total games. South Jones finished the 2017-2018 season 25-6 overall and 6-2 in Region 5-5A play with Clark’s help.

“It’s a great feeling to see one of your players get an opportunity to further their career in a sport they love,” said head coach Sherri Cooley. “It also good to see them be able to get their education paid for. That is the most important thing to me.”

Cooley decided to move Clark up to the varsity level as a young player.

“Jordan has been with me since the eighth grade,” Cooley added. “I moved her up around Christmas as an eighth-grader. She was thrown in there with minimal experience, but she stepped up and has been playing for me ever since then. She’s improved every year, and now she’s a Dandy Dozen. That tells you a lot about her and her style of play.”

“At that time [in eighth-grade],” Clark recalls, “I didn’t think I’d make it to this moment. It’s truly a blessing.”

Clark helped South Jones overcome a 12-point deficit Thursday night to beat the reigning MHSAA Class 5A champs, Hattiesburg, 55-52. The senior guard finished with 13 points, two assist and two steals. 

“Our motto this season is to start strong and finish strong,” Cooley said. “That is what we’ve been working on. I think we’re doing that. There’s a lot of things we need to work on because we’re in a very tough district. I told my girls last night that I’m happy about the win, but we have to get back to the gym and work on those things that need fixing.”

“My team and I plan of playing for a state title this season,” said Clark. “We have to keep moving forward and working together towards [that goal].”