By Robert Wilson

Ann Magee Stradinger watched her older sister Julia win a MAIS Overall Tournament championship for Jackson Prep two years ago.

Ann Magee, now a junior, wants to take Prep back there again.

The 5-foot-7 Stradinger did her part last week as she averaged 18.5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to lead Prep to its most impressive back-to-back victories this season.

For her outstanding performance, Stradinger has been named the Junction Deli/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Girls Basketball Player of the Week.

Stradinger had 16 points (6 of 14 shots from the field), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 45-17 victory over Oak Forest, La., Academy and 21 points (8 of 14 from the field, 4 of 6 from 3-point range), 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in a 52-32 victory over Simpson Academy. 

Oak Forest and Simpson are two of the best Class 5A teams in the state.

Stradinger is averaging 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists and is shooting 37.1 percent from 3-point range for 9-8 Prep this season going into this week.

“Ann Magee has been the offensive catalyst throughout the first half of the season, and certainly was this past week in those two quality wins over two really good teams,” said Prep coach Michael McAnally, who was the Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Coach of the Year two years ago. “She is our gym rat. Ann Magee stays in the gym and works on her game constantly and it shows with the results she’s producing thus far this season. She is a great example for our young players that success does not come without hard work.”

Ann Magee is the daughter of Joe and Catherine Stradinger. Joe is a graduate of Washington School in Greenville and Mississippi College where he ran cross country and track. Catherine is a graduate of St. Aloysius High in Vicksburg and Millsaps College. 

Ann Magee has an older brother, Alex, and older sister, Julia. Alex graduated from Prep in 2020 and ran cross country and track, played basketball and tennis. He currently attends Ole Miss.

Julia was the key player in Prep’s victory over Leake Academy in the Overall title game two years ago. She kept then Leake junior guard and leading scorer Miriam Prince scoreless until late in the first half. Julia also scored 10 points in 21 minutes. Her performance earned her the Mississippi Scoreboard Player of the Week.

Julia also ran cross country and track and played tennis at Prep. She currently attends Ole Miss.

Prep’s next game is Wednesday against Brookhaven Academy in the Jackson Prep Christmas Classic at 5:40 p.m. at Prep in Flowood.

Mississippi Scoreboard selects a girls basketball player from Hinds, Madison, or Rankin counties each week. Coaches can nominate a player by text or call to Robert Wilson at 601.506.2276. 

Previous Players of the Week

Week One: Taelar Felton, Clinton