Girls Basketball: Burlington City’s Atchison makes her point by winning

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Most people would not be able to recognize Jada Atchison in a crowd. But when she sets foot on the hardwood, she commands all of the attention.

 The Burlington City junior point guard, who is one of the shortest players on the county high school girls basketball scene, is also one of the most dynamic playmakers in the county.

What makes watching her play even more enjoyable is how she leads her Blue Devils team for every second of every game.

In the Blue Devils’ season opener Dec. 20 against Florence, Atchison scored 47 points, two more than the Florence girls’ total and also more than the Burlington City boys scored that night against the Flashes.

However, the number of points she scores is just another number to the player who can only be described as an ideal teammate.

“The wins matter the most,” Atchison said. “The points are not for me, they are for my team.”

Whenever the Blue Devils take the court, Atchison can be seen directing instructions to her team on both sides of the ball. Whenever something good happens, she is there to congratulate them and when something bad occurs, she is there to encourage them.

“The thing about Jada, and it’s a great thing, is that she is a teammate first,” Burlington City coach Mark McCann said. “She doesn’t worry about egos when you get to the end of the day. She had a great game, but she wants to talk about how the other girls did.

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