Forced to move from shooting guard to the point, Jaelah Crosby has nevertheless flourished as a scorer and set the table for her teammates as well.
Crosby, who poured in a career-high 37 points in Bosse High School’s 61-52 victory over visiting Harrison on Jan. 19, has been named Courier & Press girls’ basketball Player of the Week.
“I was in rhythm and just focused on getting the win,” said Crosby, a 5-foot-8 junior who was also named IBCA/Subway District 3 Player of the Week. “We were down at halftime and had to step up and come out and get the win.”
Crosby was 16-for-27 from the field, including 4-for-11 from 3-point range against the Warriors. She also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Crosby switched to the point after Ma’Nya Adams tore her anterior cruciate ligament against North on Jan. 10 and was lost for the season.
“I had to get used to it,” she said. “The first game I made a lot of mistakes.”
However, Bosse coach Garland Copeland said it didn’t take long for her to make the adjustment. Her emergence against Harrison came in only her second game at the point.
“It was time for her to step up and take that leadership role,” Copeland said. “Going to the point, she was really receptive to it. Sometimes at the point you have to make sure you get everyone else involved. She did that, too, as well as looking for her shot. Without our second-leading scorer, she took it upon herself to do whatever it takes to win.”
Copeland said he could just tell that Crosby was mentally focused.
“She has been more aggressive and basically looking to score because she is a great shooter,” Copeland said. “That night she was kind of in a zone. She was coming down and being aggressive and looking for her shot and we were looking to get her open and coming off screens and squaring her shoulders. It was a matter of being focused and knocking down shots.”
Copeland was elated Crosby was named player of the week.
“For her to get that award, it is tremendous for us and for our program, to have a girl win the award from District 3, there are a lot of good players in District 3,” he said. “To score 37 points is really awesome. I’m extremely proud of her. It has given our program a little notoriety up north a little bit. Sometimes down south we don’t get a lot of notoriety.”