By Robert Wilson
Germantown High’s Marian Jenkins doesn’t get as much publicity as her more well-known teammates, 2021 Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year and USA National Team starter Madison Booker and Alana Rouser, one of the top sophomores in Mississippi.
But Jenkins, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, plays an important role on the Lady Mavs team.
And last week she stepped up even more when Booker was out with a bruised foot.
Jenkins had a career-high 17 points with 10 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 steals to lead Germantown to a 41-33 victory over Murrah last Tuesday in a MHSAA Class 6A, Region 4 game.
For her outstanding performance, Jenkins has been named the Performance Therapy/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Girls Basketball Player of the Week.
Booker was back in the lineup Friday for Germantown’s four overtime, region win over Madison Central, but Jenkins was key to the victory with 7 points, 9 rebounds, a career-high 4 blocked shots and 2 assists.
“Marian does the little things to help her team win,” Germantown coach Jamie Glasgow said. “She has been doing a great job on the boards and playing great defense this year. Marian is a leader on the court. She works hard every day, and it shows in the games.”
Jenkins is averaging 7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots for 18-5 Germantown this season. She had a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Tupelo.
Jenkins averaged 7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots and helped Germantown to a 14-4 record and a MHSAA Class 6A runner-up finish last season as a junior.
Jenkins’ parents were both college athletes. Her dad, Thomas, played basketball for Navy and her mom, Heather, ran track and field for Liberty. Thomas won an MAIS Overall Tournament championship and had one runner-up finish when he played for Jackson Prep. Marian’s aunt, Lori Jenkins Rutledge, played basketball at Prep, Mississippi College and Valdosta State. Marian’s uncle, Will, won three Overall basketball titles at Prep.
Germantown’s next game is Friday at Madison Central.