Scholar Athlete of the Week: Americus-Sumter’s Jelissa Reese


The Americus-Sumter girls basketball team enters playoffs with only one loss in the regular season, going (23-1). The Panthers are led by senior Jelissa Reese.

“I just do what I got to do because I like winning, and we just really want it this year, so we are going to do whatever it takes to get it.”

The 5′ 9″, 150 pound all-around player averages 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists per game.

“I like offense, but you know defense is fun too.

Reese loves playing defense and battling against tough opponents like McDonald’s All-American Oliva Cochran from Carver High School.

“Being able to just guard her and stop her and stuff, I like stuff like that.”

Reese dedicates a lot of time in the weight room and on the court. Plus, she overcame an ACL tear her freshman year. Her dedication earned her a spot to play for the Troy University Trojans next season.

“School is always going to come first, but you just have to go hard at everything you do, and you’re going to be able to see it on the court.”

The senior holds a 4.1 GPA, and her favorite class is math. One of the reasons that influenced her decision to study engineering at Troy University.

“I’ve never really had to study hours and hours to get it. I just kind of know it like that.”

While Reese is not very talkative, she’s like a silent assassin letting her ball skills do the talking, but as a senior she knows it’s important to be leader as well.

“Since I’ve been stepping up and talking and stuff, I believe they are going to fall in line and do the same thing.

Congratulations to Jelissa Reese, our WLTZ Scholar Athlete of the Week.

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