Jada Martin adds to hardware, receives WLTX award

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

February 9, 2014

WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central girls’ basketball player Jada Martin added WLTX’s “Player of the Week” award to her long list of accomplishments this season.

Martin’s teammates, classmates, teachers and coaches filled the Fairfield Central High School gym Monday morning to cheer her as the WLTX camera crew crashed the gym and presented her the award.

Although Martin says receiving the award felt good, she wasn’t taken off guard.

“We talked about it last year and I didn’t know exactly when it would come but I could see it coming,” she said. “But it has still been nerve-wracking.”

Martin received a plague and a jacket for her success on and off the court. Despite her many accolades playing basketball, Martin’s success on the hardwood is still outdone by her work in the classroom.

She carries a 4.7 GPA and is taking AP courses including calculus and language/composition as well as Spanish III, English 102 and being involved in Beta club.

Bouncing a basketball, she is pretty good, too.

Martin recently scored her 1,000th career point, becoming only the second Lady Griffin to ever do so and began the season ranked as a top-five elite player in class AA. It was also recently announced that Martin has been selected to play in the Carolinas All Star game, which pits the top prospect from North Carolina and South Carolina against each other on March 22 in Myrtle Beach.

Even after all those accomplishments, Martin still has a drive to achieve more.

“We just have to keep this run going and finished strong,” she noted.

Fairfield is coming off a win over Columbia High that could have clinched Fairfield’s first ever region title in girls’ basketball.

After accepting the WLTX “Player of the Week” award, Martin gave the credit to her coaches and teammates for her success.

“They’ve all helped me get to where I am,” she stated. “They’re always encouraging me, even if I have a bad game. No matter what they still encourage me.”

Martin is Ms. Everything when it comes to Lady Griffin basketball: She leads the team in points (13.2 per game), rebounds (8.2 per game), assists (2.5 per game), steals (4.8 per game) and blocks (.9 per game).

With all of her skill rolled into one package, Martin assumes the leadership role as well.

“Being a leader, I have to keep my head up,” she explained. “I have to play hard and even if we lose, just try to win the next one.”