Sunday, March 2, 2014

Briarcrest's Jasmine Cincore wins second straight Miss Basketball award

article and image from Commercial Appeal

Briarcrest basketball standout Jasmine Cincore said winning her second consecutive Division 2-AA Miss Basketball award Saturday was “huge.” Well actually, it was a little more than that.
“It’s huge. Huge, huge, huge, huge,” she said.

Cincore, a 5-9 senior who plays guard and forward for the Saints, won the award Saturday at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena, following the D2-AA girls state championship game.

And while there might have been a couple of more “huges” in there, Cincore was clearly delighted to repeat.

“It feels great,” she said. ‘It feels like all my hard work has paid off. I’ve got a great family, great parents and a huge support system. I just feel so honored.”

Cincore, who will play at Nebraska next season, averaged 15.2 points, eight rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.1 steals for the Saints this season. She shot 49 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the free-throw line.

But perhaps the most impressive number attached to Cincore’s career is this: In her two seasons on the Briarcrest varsity after transferring from Central, her team won 54 of 57 games, including a 28-1 finish this year that ended with a loss Friday to state champ Brentwood Academy in the semifinals.
“It’s still eating me up inside,” said Cincore. “But it’s great to walk away (with this honor). I really never expected to have this much success.”

Kennesha Echols of state champion Ensworth and Kennedy Potts of Harpeth Hall were the other two finalists in D2-AA girls.

Cincore, who joins Alliesha Easley (2006), Jada Mincy (2003) and Ashley Earley (2001) as Briarcrest players who have won the award, was the only Memphis player honored Saturday.

Micah Sheetz of Knoxville Webb, who was named Most Valuable Player after leading her team to the state championship on Saturday, won the D2-A girls award over a pair of Memphians, junior Kaylan Pugh of St. Mary’s and sophomore Emily Lytle of Evangelical Christian School.

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