East Iberville girls basketball coach Cormanda Grace got a huge surprise when she checked the score book before the fourth quarter of her team’s game against Ascension Christian on Friday night.

It confirmed what Grace already knew about point guard Kenyetta Jackson — good things come in small packages.

“The person keeping the book told me (Jackson) had 50 points,” Grace said. “She’s our point guard and scores a lot of points. But 50 through three quarters? I was shocked.”

The 5-foot-3 Jackson ended the game with a school-record 58 points to lead the Tigers past Ascension Christian 73-41 in District 6-1A action. Jackson scored 21 two-point baskets and two 3-pointers.

“I was just playing the game,” Jackson said. “I saw opportunities to score and I drove to the basket. My teammates set a lot of screens to get me open. I couldn’t do it without them.”

Grace said Jackson scored most of her points by driving to the basket. She averages 25 points per game and has been on a roll of late. Jackson scored 36 points against Ascension Catholic, 27 against Southern Lab and 31 against St. John.

Five to sign

Five area softball players are scheduled to sign with Louisiana schools this week.

Zachary’s Lakyn Wales, Live Oak’s Ally Howard, Walker’s Kelsey Cifreo and St. Joseph’s Alexa Lonibos are set to sign with LSU-Eunice at 7 p.m. Monday at Big Mike’s Sports Grill in Denham Springs.

Meanwhile, Christian Life Academy’s Erin Higgins is scheduled to sign with Louisiana College at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the school.

Wales was an all-district catcher for a Zachary team that advanced to the LHSAA tournament last spring. Howard, an infielder, earned all-district and All-Livingston Parish honors.

Cifreo also was garnered all-district and All-Livingston honors, while Lonibos was also was an all-district. LSU-E coach Andy Lee is scheduled to attend the signing ceremony for the four players who are part of the Louisiana Blazers travel team.

Higgins was the District 8-1A offensive MVP as a junior and is a five-time all-district performer. She hit .471 as a junior with six home runs and 36 RBIs. She will be the first signee for new LC coach Lyn Bankston.

Wrestling sanctions

Zachary and Dutchtown were among several schools sanctioned by the LHSAA for wrestling above weight exceeding descent rate rule.

Each school was fined $200 for the violation. North Vermilion, South Plaquemines, Basile and Holy Cross were among the schools cited for wrestling-related violations.

West Feliciana ‘Golden’ too

West Feliciana is the latest local school to receive a commemorative Golden football from the NFL as its celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.

Former WFHS and Grambling player Roderick Mullen played five years for the Green Bay Packers and appeared in one Super Bowl. Scotlandville, Episcopal, Baker and Baton Rouge High were previously honored.

Job opening

Belaire has an immediate opening for a head baseball coach.

Contact Belaire Athletic Director Chauncey Moore by calling the school at (225) 272-1860 or by email to cmoore40@ebrschools.org.

Alumni report

Former Zachary and Baton Rouge Community College standout Morris Wright of Xavier University is among the Top 100 players being considered for the prestigious Bevo Francis award.

The award is given annually to a top small college player on either the NCAA Division II, Division III or NAIA level.

The 5-foot-10 Wright is averaging 18.8 points per game for Gold Rush.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough