Written by Corbett Smith
2012 Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Irving MacArthur's Alexis Jones 'refuses to lose'
Jones dominated opponents with her ability and competitiveness
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ALEXIS JONES, Irving MacArthur, Sr., G, 5-9
When coaches talk about Irving MacArthur’s Alexis Jones, there’s a reverence that comes over them.
Not only can Jones can fill up the scorebook, but she can do so without forcing the action, managing to dominate offensively and get her teammates involved in the game.
That combination is why Jones is considered one of the best high school girls in the nation, and was named SportsDay’s player of the year for a second-straight season.
“She’s a fiery competitor with a truly humble spirit,” Irving MacArthur coach Suzie Oelschlegel said. “She wills us not to lose; she refuses to lose. Not only does she see the floor so well, she’s such a team player that she raises up everyone else’s level as a player.”
MacArthur (35-3) did finally lose in the playoffs, falling in overtime to eventual champion Duncanville and ending its dream to be the first repeat 5A champ since Mansfield (1999-02).
But it wasn’t without a fight.
In five playoff games, Jones averaged 32.8 points.
In the Class 5A Region I semifinal win against Lubbock Coronado, a game Jones described her play as “really struggling out there” — she scored 44 points, including 17 straight for her team, while making 12 of 13 free throws and adding six assists.
“I know some girls who bring the spotlight to themselves,” Kennedale coach Vance Hughes said. “I’ve known Alexis for a long time, and if you didn’t know who she was, you couldn’t ever tell she’s a star. She knows she’s good, and doesn’t have to flaunt it. She lets her game speak for herself.”
Jones, THESA’s Moriah Jefferson and DeSoto’s Jordan Jones are all McDonald’s All-Americans, the first time three Dallas-Fort Worth area players have received that prestigious honor in a single season.
Her high school record in four seasons at Irving MacArthur — her first two years playing alongside Baylor star Odyssey Sims — is 144-11.
“She is truly a gift from the Good Lord,” Oelschlegel said. “We are truly blessed to have that young lady in our program for four years.”
Stats: Averaged 25.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 4.8 steals. In leading MacArthur to a 35-3 record, Jones had 20 double-doubles, and four triple-doubles this season.