South Jones basketball standout Kelsi Jackson signed her Letter of Intent last Friday with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Jackson averages a team-high 18.7 points per game in nine played so far for South Jones. Led by Jackson, the Lady Braves are currently unbeaten on the season at 9-0.

“I’m so happy for Kelsi,” said head coach Sherri Cooley. “Kelsi has always been a hard worker, and now it is paying off for her. I have no doubt that she will be a great asset to the MGCCC women’s basketball program.”

On the young season, Jackson has 51 total rebounds, 24 assist and 27 steals. She averaged 12.5 points per game as a junior and finished with 127 rebounds, 88 assist and 54 steals in 31 games played. 

“I feel good about my choice to go to MGCCC,” said Jackson. “It just felt like the place for me. The coaches made me feel welcome, and I love their personalities.”

Jackson says she feels good about how things are going on the season in Ellisville, especially happy about her team’s 9-0 start.

“My main goal this year is for us to be district champs and then make our way to the championship,” added Jackson. “To make this happen, we have to remain dedicated and work hard.

“My coach pushes us to strive for more and less settling, and I thank her for that.”

Jackson has been with Cooley and the South Jones varsity program since the 8th grade.

“She came in and made an immediate impact,” said Cooley. “Kelsi’s strengths are her speed and quickness which adds to her ability to get to the basket. 

“Now she’s added an outside threat to her game. She has 14 three-point shots on the season already.”

Cooley, Jackson and the rest of the Lady Braves begin Region 5-5A play in January. South Jones will face rival rivals Northeast Jones on Friday. Tipoff for the girls is at 6 p.m. with boys to follow at 7:30 p.m.