Deesha Brefford was glad to get a personal milestone out of the way so she can fully concentrate on one of New Manchester’s biggest team goals for this season.
With a 16-point effort in the Jaguars 54-15 win over visiting East Paulding on Tuesday, Brefford became the first player in the program’s history to reach the 1,000-point mark.
The senior point guard now has 1,010 points heading into Friday’s important Region 5-AAAAA against Villa Rica.
“It feels good to finally get it over with,” Brefford said. “I knew I was close but wasn’t sure how close.”
Jaguars coach Vincent Parks said he could tell that Brefford was thinking of the 1,000-point mark, and it was evident with her 1 of 10 shooting from the free throw line.
“We went ahead and had a talk with her and I think that settled her down,” Parks said. “You can tell a different in the way she played once she got that point over with. She played a little more relaxed and that helped the whole team.”
Brefford becomes the fourth player in the county to score their 1,000th career point this season. Earlier this season, Douglas County guard Brandon Robinson reached that milestone. Also, Douglas County girl’s player Amira Atwater and Lithia Springs guard Kiana Johnson have become 1,000-point scorers.
With Brefford’s personal goal over with, now the Jaguars can concentrate on trying to clinch their first-ever state playoff berth in the girls; program history.
New Manchester is 13-6 overall and 8-3 in the region for third place, a game behind second place Villa Rica. If the Jaguars can win out the rest of the way, it will give them a second place spot and automatic berth into next month’s state playoffs.
The top two seeds from Region 5-AAAAA get a bye into the region’s semifinals, which insures them of a state playoff spot.
“It is very important to finish first or second,” Brefford said. “Our goal was to win region but we know we can’t do that now so we are looking for a playoff spot.”
Defending champion Hiram is currently in first place and undefeated in region play.
But Tuesday’s focus was on Brefford, who has been a four-year starter in the program.
“She has meant just about everything to our program,” Parks said. “That can be a god and bad thing in some ways. We are trying to wing ourself off of relying on her so much. We have had some younger players that have stepped up and filled some roles.”
Brefford is one of two seniors on this season’s squad. The only other player that will be lost because of graduation will be Lamiaha Cormier.
“It would be good to go to state in my senior year,” Brefford said. “I’m looking forward to helping this team reach that goal.”