After Saturday’s dramatic 54-53 victory over Palmyra in the class 3 district 13 championship game, the Monroe City girls live to fight another day and it was star forward Jada Summers doing all the incredible things we’ve become accustomed to and then some that saved the day and elevated her legacy.
Jada Summers has scored more than 2,000 points in her career so it’s understandable that she’s known for things like three point plays.
But Saturday with Monroe City up 1 with one possession being the deciding factor between a district championship and the end of Summers career, she became known for something else.
Summers said, “I can show people that I’m a good defensive player too and it’s just not all offense and you know I was thinking in my head I knew I had to do something and it was my chance to go get it before they could’ve got fouled or made a point.”
Summers, who finished the title game with 36 points and 20 rebounds, is the only senior on this year’s Panther team and before yesterday was the only player who’d experienced both the high of the district title win in 2016 and the lows of losing in the game each of the past two seasons.
Sophomore forward Bailee Hays said, “We were kind of going to pretty much do it for her.
She deserves it.
She does a lot for our program and to get her another district championship was our goal.”
Monroe City Head Coah Cody Leonoard said, “I think it’s great for her.
What she’s done for this program, you have a player like that to kind of build around it absolutely helps.”
Of course Summers brilliance with the ball was on full display when her team needed it most too.
When Palmyra took their first lead of the game in the third quarter, there was no need to look for the panic button because there was only one button to press.
Leonard said, “This really isn’t like a big Xs and Os coaching moment.
It was get the ball to Jada and let’s see what happens.”
Summers said, “I knew I had to take control and help the other girls.
Because I started getting down a little bit in like the third quarter so I just knew I had to do something.”
The Panthers season only gets harder from here with 24-0 Trenton lying in wait, but with Summers at their disposal come crunch time on both ends, the Panthers are ready for a state run and hopefully more post games that have soundtracks like this.