Huggins family takes road tour to Big House'
TRIPLE TROUBLE The Huggins siblings are ready to take their road show to Jackson and the Mississippi Coliseum. Pictured are, left to right, Daniel Huggins, JaWanda Huggins and J.J. Huggins. Photo by Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
By Marty Stamper/EMG sports assistant
Feb. 25, 2002
If you've looked for the Huggins family this past winter, odds are you could have found them at a West Lauderdale basketball game.
JaWanda and J.J. play for the 32-4 Lady Knights, while Daniel is a member of the 25-12 Knights team.
If you look for them over the next few days, you'll probably have to ride to Jackson as they'll all be participating in the Class 3A State Tournament in the Mississippi Coliseum. The Knights will play Holly Springs at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, while the Lady Knights will play the Ripley-Greene County winner on March 5 at 6:30 p.m.
JaWanda is a senior, while J.J. is a junior. Daniel is a freshman.
J.J. is the most known of the trio as she also excels in slow-pitch softball. Last fall, she cleared the fence for 16 home runs and batted .559.
Despite her softball success, J.J. says basketball is her favorite sport. She currently averages 16 points and 8.5 rebounds.
There's another reason for her to prefer basketball … no intentional walks. She was walked 26 times as a junior.
Many times, the older child is resentful of the younger one having more success, but definitely not in this case.
JaWanda has been in the spotlight several times herself in the last two months.
Hard work is key to JaWanda's improvement.
JaWanda is averaging 10.5 points and 7 rebounds. She also plays volleyball at West.
As a freshman, Daniel doesn't play nearly as much as his sisters, but his day is coming.
And he makes sure to watch as much of the girls' game as he can before having to get dressed for his game.
They return the favor after they get dressed.
Despite JaWanda's leaving the group due to graduation this year, there is a sixth grade sister to take her place one day.