Mitchell surpasses 1,000 mark

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Southwest High School senior Jessica Mitchell surpassed the 1,000-point career-scoring mark recently for the Lady Trojans.

Mitchell, Southwest's leading scorer this season, passed the 1,000 point hurdle in a conference game against Wheaton although she didn't know she'd done it.

"Coach (Ferguson) came up to me at half-time, and he said 'congratulations,' and I was like congratulations for what?" said Mitchell.

Needless to say, Coach Kenny Ferguson let her know what for, and the Lady Trojans went on to win the contest against the Lady Bulldogs.

Mithchell's team is coming off of an Ozark 7 Conference championship season last year and is already 10-4 this year.

Mitchell, a 6'0"-tall guard is one of the most dynamic players in the area.

For her squad this year, Mitchell is averaging 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals a game.

When asked what he liked best about Mitchell's game, Coach Ferguson was hard pressed to choose one attribute. "Well, Jessica is a scorer, there is no doubt about it but what I like most is that she defends and guards," said Ferguson.

Mitchell's "guard" ability might be her best asset on the court. She has stolen at least two balls in 11 of the Lady Trojans' contests this year and Southwest is 8-3 in those games.

Mitchell's average of five steals per game is not only the top mark for her team and conference but is also second in the entire state of Missouri, according to Max

Her rebounding is equally impressive. Despite being tall, Mitchell plays guard, which could put her at a disadvantage for getting many rebounds, but despite this challenge, the talented player manages to tally seven per night.

The senior is also a leader on the court yet not in a traditional sense according to her coach.

"She really doesn't say a lot on the court," said Ferguson. "She leads more by example."

Mitchell is the daughter of Charlie and Lisa Mitchell, of Seligman.

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