By TODD LAMBERTH
For some basketball players, getting into the box score for the first time is everything, but for others, it’s only the beginning.
Station Camp standout Jane Deason started her scoring journey as a freshman playing for the Lady Bison varsity team, though she doesn’t remember her first points. However, she’ll always remember the moment that she surpassed 1,000 career points in a game against Lebanon.
Deason entered her final season at Station Camp needing just 27 points to reach 1,000 for her career. Some tight defense around her and an injury limited her early on in the season, but that didn’t prevent her from reaching the milestone on January 5th.
“I needed three before that game and I remember they were guarding me really tight,” Deason said. “I got two before halftime and all my teammates were messing with me at halftime like, ‘oh, you have 999 points’. And then after halftime, I drove in and shot it and everyone started going crazy. For a second I was really embarrassed because I don’t like that much attention, but I’m glad I did it.”
While she was excited to hit the 1,000-point milestone, it’s never been about scoring for the senior. Deason’s only focus when she’s on the court is winning.
“It’s something that kind of just happened as I went,” Deason said. “That’s not my main thing; I don’t even care about scoring. I just really want to win and I like playing. Then someone mentioned it to me and I thought, “maybe I can get it.’”
A humble teammate, Deason is quick to credit the many contributors that helped her reach this milestone.
“A lot of hard work, but most importantly my parents because I wouldn’t be where I am without my parents. From them driving me around when I was little, taking me where I need to go, buying my stuff. Just giving me the opportunity to play basketball. With my family, my coaches and my teammates I’ve been able to go far.”
Despite graduating from Station Camp in May, Deason will remain a Bison as she continues her playing career in nearby Nashville at Lipscomb University under coach Greg Brown. While she’s hopeful she can contribute early for the Lady Bisons, she mostly grateful to be moving on to the college ranks.
“I hope I can play as a freshman and make a difference, but I’m really, honestly, just excited to get to play at the next level because a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that.”
Deason currently sits at 1,053 points for her career as she and her Lady Bison teammates host Gallatin on Saturday night at 6:30.