Local High School Athlete of the Year, Jessica Timmons

Jessica Timmons, Independence Patriots (Photo by Ron Morris)
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MINT HILL, NC – Independence High School standout Jessica Timmons has been selected the 2020-2021 Athlete of the Year by the Mint Hill Times.

The five star recruit heading to North Carolina State University in the fall holds the all-time Mecklenburg County girls high school scoring record with 2,188 points in her outstanding career. She also is ranked 17th in the state scoring from the 3-point range all-time.

When we add the three playoff games to her career numbers Timmons scored another 92 points giving her 2,280 career points. This puts her among the top 30 scorers in public school historically in North Carolina. We can only imagine how many more points she could have scored if it were not for the COVID-19 pandemic with an additional 19 games played at 30 points per game would have her over 2,850 points, in the top-ten all-time.

Timmons was selected to the 2021 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-District, and Player of the Year in the Southwest 4A Conference. She was also selected as District 9 Player of the Year in girls high school basketball. Other honors include AP All-State 2020, NCBCA 1st-Team All-State 2020, NCBCA 3rd-Team All-State 2019, 2021 Carolina’s Classic All-Star game, and is a McDonald’s All-American nominee.

Jessica who is the No. 43 ranked basketball player in the country, No.18 at her guard position according the ESPN, and No. 38 overall player nationwide by World Exposure Report appears to be on track to have a potentially fabulous college career.

In her final season she averaged 28.8 points per game while scoring 288 points in 10 regular season games. She averaged 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.0 steals, and shot 58% from the floor, and netted 82% of free throws. She is the total package, a complete impact player who led the best Independence girls basketball team coached by Lauren Galvani in the schools history to the brink of a state championship. The Patriots lost 63-61 to Zebulon B. Vance in overtime who eventually became the state 4A champion.

This publication and staff of sportswriters are proud to nominate Jessica Timmons as the 2020-2021 Athlete of Year based on her outstanding accomplishments on the hardcourt.

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Ed Berti
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