Guest blogger, JCTMS Girls basketball coach, Michael G. Moore Jr. writes his preview about this upcoming middle school basketball season
Previous JR L.I.T. City Champs:
2015, 2016, 2017 – JCTMS
2018 – Ramsey Middle
2019, 2020- Johnson Traditional Middle
The competition this year for the JR. L.I.T. City Championship will have a lot of new faces. Some of these individuals will also make noise in high school in a couple years in the 6th & 7th Region. Here are the top contenders for this season (Crosby, Johnson, Noe, Newburg).
Crosby Middle looks to reclaim the Varsity city crown for the first time since 2012 as they return their core who won the JV city title last year. They are led by three quick and athletic guards which allows them the ability to press full court and cause havoc for opposing teams. On the offensive end they can push the ball up the floor quickly for layups and hurt you in the half court by spacing the floor.
Johnson Traditional Middle looks to 3-Peat as Varsity City Champs. They will rely on a trio of scorers this year which is a slight change from the incredible depth of scoring options like in previous seasons. On the defensive end they will continue to use their athletes and speed to play with intensity and hard nosed defense.
Noe Middle brings back a very well balanced squad led by a strong duo of 8th graders who can score in various ways. They will play a very aggressive 2-3 zone and really make you earn your points in the half-court. Noe looks to make a run at their first Varsity city title.
Newburg Middle returns a terrific trio of scorers. Which will make them a very dangerous squad this season for opposing teams. The ability to have multiple offensive threats is a nice benefit to rely on. Newburg looks to make a run at their first Varsity city title.
Early predictions in each district this year:
North District- Champion – Johnson, Runner-up – Noe
South District- Champion – Newburg, Runner-up – JCTMS
East District- Champion – Crosby, Runner-up – Barret
West District- Champion – Farnsley, Runner-up – Conway
Here is a brief look at some of the top players this season of the four top contenders:
Bailee Duck (8th), Brianna Wilkins (7th), and Kinnidi Russell (8th)
A’nieja Russell (8th), Trinity Miles (7th), and Electra Lovely-Tolbert (8th)
Morgan White (8th) and Celeste Hector (8th)
Morrai Blount (8th), Keziah Renee’ (7th), and London Bibb (7th)
Honorable Mention: Here are some of the other school teams and the 8th graders who would lead them.
Addison Gardner (8th) and Sarah Grace Morley (8th)
Brooklyn Davis (8th)
Makayla Alexander (8th)
Shania Lee (8th) and TaTeonah Crawford (8th)
Left picture (Photo credit to TTS Photography)
T.T. Knight Middle
Christen Stone (8th)
Camiya Beasley (8th), Naveah Paul (8th), and Ramiyah Sutton (8th)
* The Top Newcomer: A talented guard making her middle school debut. She will create some buzz around JCPS with her play in the Varsity division.
Amirah Jordan (6th)
Everyone stay safe and healthy!
Let the 2020-2021 JCPS Middle School season begin!