When Cooper boys basketball’s Jalen Cherry stepped on the court last week, no one scored more than he did.
Whether it was against Class 4A No. 12 Lubbock Estacado or former district foe Wichita Falls Rider, Cherry had his shot working.
In the loss to Estacado, he scored 18 points, then went off for 22 points as the Cougars beat Rider. He knocked down six 3-pointers in each game.
For his efforts, Cherry earned 49 percent of the votes to be named the Abilene Reporter-News Local Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 5.
The Cougars are coming off a victory against Midland Lee on Tuesday heading into Saturday’s trip across town to face Abilene High at 7:30 p.m. in the first of two meetings in six days.
This week’s Top 5
1. Bri Garcia, Cooper, Basketball
Garcia scored a team-high 15 points as the Lady Cougars opened the week with 15 points in a win against Abilene High. She then kept Cooper in the game early against Class 2A No. 11 Cisco, scoring the team’s first 11 points of the game on her own, finishing with 13 after running into foul trouble.
2. Avery Brekke, Wylie, Basketball
Brekke averaged 14 points per game as the Bulldogs went 1-2. He had 13 in a two-point loss to Wichita Falls Rider and helped lead the charge with 19 in a big win against Jim Ned. The junior post ended the week with 10 points against Abilene High.
3. Makinlee Bacon, Wylie, Basketball
Bacon was the leading scorer for the Lady Bulldogs in all three games this week. She scored 17 against Merkel, 15 against 3A No. 8 Jim Ned and 14 against 4A No. 3 Fredericksburg.
4. Jalen McGee, Abilene High, Basketball
McGee got the Eagles’ big week started with a 25-point effort against Amarillo Tascosa. He followed up with a hard-earned 10 points against Class 3A No. 3 Peaster and nine against Wylie as Abilene High went 3-0.
5. Trakenya Roberson, Abilene High, Basketball
Roberson scored 19 points, making eight of the Lady Eagles’ 18 shots from the floor in Saturday’s 43-41 win against Weatherford. She hit two of Abilene High’s four 3-pointers, too, in the team’s first win of the season. Roberson also scored 19 in the early-week loss to Cooper.
Other top performers
Nathan Watts, AHS (Scored 14 points against Tascosa, 12 against Peaster and six against Wylie); C.J. Jemison, Cooper (Scored 16 points in win against Rider after eight-point effort against 4A No. 12 Estacado); Dylan Jennings, Wylie (Scored nine against Rider, 12 against Jim Ned and 14 against Abilene High); Jennika Willis, Cooper (Scored 13 points in win against Abilene High before a 17-point effort against 2A No. 11 Cisco); D.J. Modest, AHS (Scored 13 points against 3A No. 3 Peaster and 12 against Wylie after three vs. Tascosa); Emma Melton, Wylie (Scored 16 against Merkel); Ty Armstrong, ACHS (Rushed for 137 yards, including TD runs of 11 and 50 yards against Kingdom Prep); Caroline Steadman, Wylie (Scored 14 against 4A No. 3 Fredericksburg);Kelton Jackson, AHS (Scored 11 points in win against Tascosa, 12 in win against 3A No. 3 Peaster and added five against Wylie); Colby Tanner, Wylie (Scored 15 points, five 3s, against Rider, five against Jim Ned and Abilene High); Kyla Speights, Cooper (Scored 12 points in win against Abilene High); Amyah Starks, AHS (Scored 10 points in win against Weatherford); Owen Fisher, ACHS (Had a 10-yard TD run and threw a 29-yard TD pass against Kingdom Prep).
Jordan Hofeditz covers Abilene high schools and colleges, Big Country schools and other local sports. Follow him on Twitter at @jhofeditz.