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Former Indian Land High School basketball star Jean Marie Harris received two honors at the annual Erskine College Athletic Banquet co-hosted by the Flying Fleet Club and Aramark last month in Due West.
Harris was honored as the Lady Flying Fleet basketball MVP and she also was the co-recipient of the The Karen G. Bell Memorial Award. The Bell Award is named in honor of the late Mrs. Karen Bell, longtime office manager to the athletic department.
The award recognizes the student-athlete who best exhibits Christian commitment, team loyalty, positive attitude, and high moral and core standards.
“Jean Marie had an outstanding senior year. She was one of my team captains this year and was a proven leader on and off the court,” Erskine women’s basketball coach Jessica Ridgill said. “She unfortunately missed several games at the beginning of the year due to a stress fracture in her foot. However, when she was able to return to action in January, she came back with something to prove.
“She averaged 3 to 4 points per game during her first three years at Erskine and this year she averaged 14 points a game,” Ridgill said. “She was certainly a go-to player for us and leaves a huge hole in our offense attack. Not only was she deserving of our MVP this year, but her character off the court led to our athletic director choosing her as a Karen Bell Award winner.
“I’m very proud of the growth that I witnessed in Jean Marie,” Ridgill said. “She’s one of the most kind-hearted people that I’ve ever met and her character will take her very far in life.”
Harris shared the honor with Christine Phan (Savannah, Ga., Windsor Forest High School), also a member of the EC women’s basketball team.
Harris, a 5-8 guard, averaged 14.3 points per game for the Lady Fleet, who posted a 13-14 record. Her 14.3 average was second on the team in scoring, despite Harris missing the team’s first seven games with an injury.
Harris’ top game was a 29-point effort against Barton College in an 88-79 home loss. She also tallied 24 points in a road loss to Barton. During the season, she was the EC women’s top scorer on four occasions. In an 81-79 win over Converse in Spartanburg, Harris also hit the winning shot on a leaning jumper to cap a 23-point performance..
During her high school basketball career, Harris played for Lady Warriors’ coach Tamara Jacobus.