CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Horace Greeley High School girls basketball star Jackie Brett has fallen short in the second round of the playoffs in each of her three years with the Quakers.
The senior will have one last chance to break through that ceiling, and it starts by leading No. 10 Greeley into a matchup against No. 7 Clarkstown South on Friday. As her final year at Greeley winds down, Brett has already started to think about her legacy on the team.
She said she wants to advance deep into the playoffs, but also wants to impart some wisdom to her younger teammates before she goes.
“That would be the cherry on top,” Brett said. “But I also want to leave the team in a good place for next year with the right goals in mind and attitude.”
Brett made school history against Rye on Jan. 14 when she scored 20 points to become just the fourth player in Quakers’ history to score 1,000 points. The senior joined Betsy Harris (1,143 points), Lisa Badanes (1,131 points) and Brooke Garnett (1,038 points) in the 1,000-point club.
The senior has a chance to break the school scoring record, but she said she is more focused on the team goal than the individual accolade.
“It could happen, it could not,” Brett said. “Whatever happens, happens. I’m not going for a record, I’m just playing.”
Greeley head coach John Alkalay coached his first game at the school four years ago when Brett played her first game as a freshman. The Quakers faced Lakeland, who at the time was the section champion.
Greeley’s senior point guard twisted her ankle in that game and could not get back on the court, so Brett stepped into a huge role in her first game as a varsity basketball player. She scored 18 points in her debut and the underdog Quakers lost by just one point.
“I knew that she was going to be a special player right from that first game,” Alkalay said.
Brett raised her scoring average each year from 12 to 14 to 16 then 18 points. She was Greeley’s leading scorer as a freshman and has led the team in scoring again in her senior year.
“She’s probably the most competitive young lady I’ve every worked with,” Alkalay said.