Jada Battle needed 76 more.
That’s how many points the SouthWest Edgecombe guard needed at the start of the season to become a member of the school’s 1,000-point club. Reaching that number was especially important for Battle, she said, because it meant she would accomplish her most important goal that she had set years earlier.
“I’m just glad I accomplished the goals I set,” Battle said on Friday after the Cougars’ game against North Pitt. “When I was a freshman I wanted to get a 1,000 points and I’m so glad I got it.”
In a Jan. 15 win over Washington, Battle scored the 1,000th-point of her high school career, joining her mother Phyllis and aunt Pamela as SWE players to score at least 1,000 points. The school held a small ceremony before Friday’s home game against North Pitt honoring Battle.
She was presented a game ball while those in attendance cheered for her in a rousing home welcome as the senior eclipsed the point total on the road. Current Cougars coach Sandra Langley, who coached all three players, said the experience flooded back thoughts from the late 1980’s.
“It’s unusual,” Langley said of having coached all three. “It brought back some memories.”
Added Battle: “To do it under the same coach is what makes it pretty cool, too.”
While Phyllis and Pamela led the Cougars to a 104-8 record over their time at SWE, Battle is well on her way to leaving her own legacy at the school.
Battle played on varsity as a freshman and scored 209 points. As a sophomore, Battle emerged as one of the better players in the area and scored 388 points while earning accolades from newspapers, opposing coaches and teammates alike following the breakout season.
She was named the Telegram’s girls’ basketball player of the year as a sophomore during that 2018-19 season. She averaged 14.4 per game, and also had a team-high 7.1 assists per game while averaging 5.1 steals.
Last year as a junior she poured in 327 points which gave her 924 for her career, and a real shot at reaching 1,000.
She scored the 1,000th point of her career in a Jan. 15 win over Washington as part of a 31-point effort. The Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak in the process with the 57-37 victory.
“I was worried that with the shortened season it might not happen,” Battle said. “I just really wanted to get it. On that day I was like, ‘Enough. I’m getting this 1,000th point tonight.’ And when I did, it was a relief, man.”
Battle hasn’t stopped scoring since. She finished with 21 points and 14 assists in a win over Nash Central on Jan. 19. In Friday’s loss to North Pitt, Battle scored a team-high 23 points with four rebounds, two steals and a block.
The Cougars (3-3) play next at home on Tuesday against Farmville Central.