The Blountstown girls basketball team has never won a game in the postseason. Paxton, their opponent in Tuesday's 1A Regional Semifinal match-up, is making their 22nd postseason appearance. This year, the Lady Tigers are hoping that hard work, and having senior Jayla Brigham, can seal up that elusive postseason victory.
"Jayla is a rebounder, she can bring the ball up the court, she can defend, she talks on defense, she communicates well," said Blountstown Head Coach Tony Davis. "We need Jayla Brigham, to be Jayla Brigham. Stay on the court and do what she does best- and that's play basketball."
Play basketball she does, averaging 10 points and grabbing nearly 18 rebounds a game.
"Everyday I try and give my best," she said. "I try and do more to help my team out and do as much as I can."
"When you're out here, you're working 24/7, it's constant," said fellow senior Ashtin McMullian. "She's picking everyone up and doing whatever she can to better us and better herself."
But it's not just on the court where Jayla picks everyone up, as she's also leading in the classroom, sporting a 3.8 GPA.
"I try to be the best role model that I can be," said Jayla. "They always look for me, and in certain situations, they'll ask me about it. I really think they look up to me."
"She does exactly what she's supposed to do. She's at the right place at the right time," said Coach Davis. "You'll never find her doing anything that doesn't reflect the character, the leadership, that we ask of the athletes of Blountstown High School."
The Lady Tigers are hoping that Jayla's in the right spot at the right time Tuesday as they gear up for Paxton.
"It's do or die. It either we win and keep playing, or it's go home," said Ashtin. "We all ahve that one dream of going to state."
"I just want everyone to remember who I was, that I did the best that I could everytime I stepped out onto the court," said Jayla.
If stepping out on Tuesday night comes with a win, Jayla will be remembered for a long time to come. Jayla and the Lady Tigers face off with Paxton at 7/CT in Paxton on Tuesday night. Jayla said she plans on going to Florida State next year, and her ultimate goal? To be an Optometrist.