Basketball season heats up

After starting the season with four consecutive losses, the Port St. Joe girls basketball team got the antidote they needed with a 52-22 road victory over the Bozeman Bucks on Friday, December 9. 

As she usually does, senior point guard Jae Lenox paced the Tiger Shark attack with 19 points, including three 3-point shots, and dished out eight assists. She also registered nine steals and pulled down four rebounds. 

Junior Alonah Segree added nine points, while junior post player Ty’Shawn Shackleford scored eight. 

Senior Mari Johnson and 8th grader Jayla Hills both contributed seven points. Johnson also had six boards, five steals, two blocks, and six assists. 

In command from the start, St. Joe led 15-5 after one quarter and 31-12 at the half before removing any doubt of a Bucks’ comeback with a 17-1 third quarter blitz. 

Previously, the Sharks had losses to Choctawhatchee (54-47), Chipley (43-23), Graceville (57-48), and Holmes County (48-47). 

St. Joe hosted their first game of the season on Monday, December 12, against Wakulla (1-8), and will stay at home this Saturday, December 17, when North Bay Haven (3-7) visits. 

The Port St. Joe boys basketball team, now 0-2 after losses to Jefferson County (59-52) and Bozeman (72-53), also opened at home on Monday, December 12, against Wakulla (1-4). 

The Sharks will also play host twice this weekend, first against Blountstown on Friday and North Bay Haven on Saturday. Tip off for both contests is scheduled for 7:30. 

Basketball season is also in full swing  in Wewahitchka.

Although the Lady Gators have failed to duplicate their opening game win and are now 1-8 on the season, three freshmen deserve a shout out for their outstanding play. 

Mahayla Hann leads the team in scoring with 14 points a game, Shamyah Cole follows with 6.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and Riata Peck has pulled down 10.7 rebounds per game. 

Wewa’s next home game will be on Thursday, December 15, against Vernon, with the tip off at 4:00 Central. 

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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