Photo by Brad Bridges

By Robert Wilson

       When Charlie Gamberine was in the eighth grade, she scored 34 points and made eight 3-pointers in a game for Germantown’s ninth grade team.

       So when Gamberine, now a junior, scored a career-high 25 points, including six three-pointers, to led Germantown to a 54-28 victory over Madison County rival Madison Central Friday in the MHSAA Class 7A state quarterfinals at Mississippi Valley State at Itta Bena, it didn’t surprise Lady Mavs coach Jamie Glasgow.

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

       The 5-foot-4 Gamberine was 6 for 11 from 3-point range and was two 3-pointers short of tying the school record held by sophomore Alya Benson, who made eight earlier this season against Olive Branch.

       Gamberine’s performance led Germantown to its fourth consecutive appearance in the Girls State Tournament at the Mississippi Coliseum. 

       Gamberine made two 3-pointers in the first quarter (her first one was the first points of the game, added seven points in the second quarter (two 2s and one 3), five points in the third quarter (one 3 and one 2) and seven points in the fourth quarter (two 3s and one free throw) for her career night. Gamberine – who came in averaged 10.4 points per game this season – had a previous career high of 19 points.

       Gamberine averaged 5.7 points as a freshman in a backup role and missed her entire sophomore season after injuring her ACL in September of 2022 and having season-ending surgery. She also tore her meniscus this past summer in Germantown’s last summer game and had surgery in August and was cleared to play in October.

        “Charlie shot the lights out Friday,” said Glasgow, the only coach that Germantown has had in its 14-year school history. “I’m so proud of how hard she has worked to return from her knee injury last season. Charlie has been so consistent all season for us. It was really hard for her to watch from the sidelines as we made our run last year. Charlie is doing her part to make another run this season.”

       Gamberine is the daughter of Mary Kathryn and John Gamberline. Mary Kathryn and John both graduated from Washington School in Greenville. Mary Kathryn was a cheerleader. Gamberine’s older brother, Will, 21, is a student at Mississippi State and majoring in industrial engineering. Younger brother, Cole, 15, is a ninth grader at Germantown and plays football and baseball. 

Germantown, 23-9, defeated St. Martin 50-43 in the semifinals Thursday and meets Tupelo for the state championship Saturday at 6 p.m. 

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

Week Two: Ann Magee Stradinger, Jackson Prep 

Week Three: Shamira Morton, Canton

Week Four: Lauren Sutton, Madison Central

Week Five: Maia Turner, Madison St. Joseph

Week Six: Alana Rouser, Germantown

Week Seven: Anna Morgan Anderson, MRA

Week Eight: Shamira Morton, Canton

Week Nine: Taelar Felton, Clinton

Week Ten: Liz Stevens, East Rankin Academy

Week Eleven: Klylah Stovall, Forest Hill