Bruce Bits

Published 11:47 am Monday, February 27, 2006

By By BRUCE HIXON – Sports Editor
Former T.R. Miller Lady Tiger basketball standout Deanna Jackson is on her way to her third home in the WNBA.
Jackson was one of 13 players selected by the league's newest franchise, the Chicago Sky, in the WNBA's expansion draft.
Jackson, a 1998 T.R. Miller graduate, spent the last two seasons with the Indiana Fever. In 2004, the 6-2 Jackson started 32 of 34 games with Indiana and averaged 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. Last season Jackson still appeared in all 34 of Indiana's games, but did so coming off the bench and averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds a contest.
Jackson was originally drafted by the Cleveland Rockers in 2002 after she finished her collegiate career at Alabama-Birmingham. She spent two seasons with Cleveland before that franchise folded. She was then chosen fifth in the league's dispersal draft by Indiana.
Jackson is currently playing overseas in Israel. She has also played overseas during the WNBA's offseason in China and South Korea.
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T.R. Miller basketball girls Joy McCorvey and Jasmine Sanford finished third and fourth respectively on the Lady Tigers career scoring list.
McCorvey finished with 2,145 points, 52 shy of Ashley Samuel's runner-up total of 2,197. Sanford wound up with 1,402.
Deanna Jackson leads all T.R. Miller girls with 2,398 points.
The Lady Tigers may be moving up to Class 4A next season, but their nemesis the last two seasons, Midfield, is moving up to 4A with them.
Even worse, the Lady Patriots return their entire team next season. Their two junior class members combined to score just two points in Wednesday's win over the Lady Tigers.
Nine of Midfield's 12 players are 5-10 or taller and four of them reach six feet.
T.R. Miller's senior class of McCorvey, Sanford, Keya Peterson and Shae Walker had a combined record of 113-14 the past four years.

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