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Athletes of the Week: Alissa Brown

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Jesup senior Alissa Brown has become the heart and soul of the J-Hawk basketball team.

"She loves the game and she wants to get better, so I think that's where it comes from," said Coach Tom Klein. "Because she wants to get better, she's willing to work hard at it."

The senior forward not only works hard as a player, but as a coach as well.

When she's not creating match-up nightmares for opponents, she's coaching her younger sister's AAU squad, which she says has improved her own game as well.

"Coaching has definitely changed the way I play, because after everything I do, I evaluate it," Brown said. "After every single game, I evaluate what I do."

Last season, Brown -- who's committed to play next season at Kentucky State -- averaged just over 19 points a game -- 6th in all of Class 2A.

And just this week against Grundy Center, she hit a milestone, scoring the 1,000th point of her career.

"Getting a thousand was a big deal, because it's just a lot of hours put in to it that paid off," Brown said. "It was a great feeling for me, my coach, and my teammates, because without them it wouldn't have been possible."

"A thousand points for a person is a big thing, but we talked in the locker room, and I know Alissa, she would give up those thousand points for her team to be successful and have a chance to go down to state," Klein said.

With a small team -- just 9 players, 5 of which are freshman -- the state tournament is likely out of reach.

But as long as the J-Hawks play hard and get better, Brown says she'll be happy.

"As a goal I just want us to improve as a team and to execute what we're supposed to," she said. "It's not always going to come out as wins. We're going to suffer some tough losses, but it's going to be worth it."

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