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Senior forward Amber Jackson
scored 22 points to lead top-ranked Brebeuf Jesuit to
a 54-38 victory over Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in the
Class 3A state championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse in
Jackson, who averaged 13.5 points per game entering the contest, hit 9-of-12 shots from the field, was 4-for-5 from the free throw line and collected seven rebounds to help the Braves capture their first state championship in girls basketball. The victory came 22 years after the school’s only other previous appearance in 1982.
The game was also a rematch of the January 24 regular season contest in which Brebeuf Jesuit won at Bishop Luers, 56-40.
The fourth-ranked Knights were led by Jessica Hathaway and Marie Kaufmann with 13 points a piece. Kaufmann also pulled down six boards for the Luers cause.
Bishop Luers (22-4), making its record fifth appearance in the state finals in the last six seasons, fell for the first time in five state championship contests. The Knights won 2A titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and the 3A championship in 2002. Luers was coached by Teri Rosinski, now in her third year.
Brebeuf Jesuit’s Amber Jackson Named Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award Recipient
At the conclusion of the girls basketball state finals, the IHSAA Executive Committee presents the award to the outstanding senior in the state finals competition. The recipient of this award, who was nominated by her principal and coaches, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in girls basketball.
Amber is in the top 25% of her class and has been on the High Honor Roll every
semester at the college prep school. She
is a member of the Black Student Union, where she held the office of
Vice-President the last two years, and is also a founding member of the
Diversity Advocates. She was the
recipient of the 2003 Scientific American Outstanding Achievement Award and
will attend the
She also volunteers her time with Help for the Holidays and the Lord’s Pantry, collecting food for homeless shelters.
Athletically, in addition to capturing four varsity letters in basketball, she was also a participant in volleyball and track & field earlier in her career with the Braves. She is a Street & Smith Magazine Honorable Mention All-American for 2003-04.
is the daughter of Ms. Cynthia Jackson and Mr. Vincent Jackson of
Farm Bureau Insurance, IHSAA corporate partner, presented a $1,000.00 scholarship to Brebeuf Jesuit in the name of Amber Jackson.
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Class 3A Game Quotes
Brebeuf Jesuit Coach Kendall Kreinhagen
“Luers is an outstanding basketball team with an outstanding tradition. Our girls really stepped up and practiced all week with great passion and the result was a victory in the state championship.”
“When they handed Luers the runner-up trophy I said wow, thinking that was the first time they have received one of those. They (Luers) are a quality program, a quality team and coach Rosinski always has them prepared, and for our kids to overcome that…it just makes the victory even more gratifying.”
(On Amber Jackson winning the Mental Attitude Award) “That’s an excellent reward for a kid of such excellent character on and off the floor. I’m very happy for both Amber and Brebeuf.”
(On Amanda Quattrocchi) “Amanda is not a flashy player, she’s not a kid who’s going to score high numbers. She does whatever she needs to do for this team to win. I have not seen anyone who can handle the basketball the way Amanda can handle the ball. For her to lead us here today says a lot about her.”
(On Natalie Mullikin’s pair of 3-pointers) “I thought her second of two three-pointers in the second half gave us a big boost. It gave us a 10-point lead and some great momentum.”
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Coach Teri Rosinski
“There was no question Brebeuf was a better team. We did not get into our offense and you can attribute that to their defensive pressure. We were a little intimidated on offense for some reason. We never got into the flow, yet Marie (Kaufmann) was almost unstoppable inside.”
“Fatigue was a factor and
maybe they had a little deeper bench. The size and athleticism, especially with
“We battled to the end. But Brebeuf stepped up like champions and hit some key shots and hit their free throws. I’m proud of these girls and they battled back to get to Conseco (Fieldhouse) after the disappointment of a year ago.”
“They put great pressure on the ball and denied the wings. We stood around and watched and that was similar to the first encounter with them when we lost by 16 points.”
“We had some little runs,
but they had more and bigger ones. They took advantage of most of their
offensive opportunities. We needed to be better on offense because of the
presence of (Ta’Shia) Phillips and (Amber)