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King High’s Bria’unna Buckner has the “green light” to shoot, and that’s usually meant “lights-out” for the Lady Crusaders’ opponents.
“We’ll go only as far as she takes us shooting the basketball,” King Coach William Winfield says of Buckner, the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“Any time she’s open, we want her to shoot. Shooting the three-ball is what she does best and her consistency has really picked up this season. More than anything, she’s playing with a lot of confidence.”
Buckner, who is averaging 13 points and four assists a game, busted loose for 23 points in the Class A district championship game last week at Southeastern High in leading King past Northwestern 79-52.
The Lady Crusaders’ tournament road ended in Thursday night’s Class A regional championship game at Warren Fitzgerald High where they fell 53-49 to PSL rival Pershing.
“I still haven’t reached my peak yet as a player,” said Buckner, who figures to continue to blossom when she starts play next season at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.
She views PSL competition as more than adequate preparation for what she’ll face in college. “The PSL is one of the best high school leagues in the state and that’s why everybody comes from all over to see our games,” she said.
Buckner plans to major in Biology and wants to be an anesthesiologist. As much as she’s looking forward to college, the 5-6 guard has thoroughly enjoyed her four years as a Lady Crusader.
“It has been a great experience, especially playing under Coach Winfield because he’s a really good coach,” she said. “I’ve also enjoyed being around a group of girls that really care about the same things that I care about. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve worked really hard. I’m honored to be the Proud Strong Learner of the Week.”