||Northeast women's basketball signs Prattville standout
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) — Bridgejae Patterson’s longtime goal of playing basketball at the collegiate level will finally come to fruition this fall at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Patterson became the latest addition to Lady Tigers’ 2014-15 signing class when she inked her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the ten-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship program.
“We had to upgrade our front line and Bridgejae was a target for us,” said Northeast head coach Brian Alexander. “Obviously her size sticks out and she can run with the guards. The last piece is she can catch. Anytime you have bigs that can run and catch you can do a lot with them.
“Those are three major pieces and she’s a good person with a good family. Character is a big emphasis for us and we’re happy she’s here.”
Patterson lettered for two seasons at Prattville (Ala.) High School under the direction of coach Virginia Barber and in that span compiled a number of solid statistics in the paint.
The 6'3" standout averaged a double-double as a junior with 10.3 points and 14.4 rebounds per game. Patterson also used her athleticism to block two shots each outing with an incredible total of 62 on the campaign.
She notched double-doubles in 14 of the Lady Lions’ 29 matchups, including in seven straight contests during a pivotal period of the 2012-13 season. Prattville won five region matchups in that stretch by close margins of less than 10 points.
The Lady Lions swept the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Area 7, Class 6A regular season and tournament championships with Patterson in the post to qualify for the state playoffs for the second time in three years.
Patterson scored 18 crucial points and added 17 boards to help Prattville narrowly defeat Oak Mountain (Ala.) High School 63-61 in the sub-regional round to advance to the AHSAA Class 6A Central Regional at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
She recorded a phenomenal game against Stanhope Elmore (Ala.) High School earlier in the campaign as well. Patterson tallied career-highs of 25 points, 31 rebounds, 19 offensive boards, 12 made field goals and five blocks in a 72-57 victory over the Lady Mustangs.
Patterson broke out during her sophomore year as a Lady Lion with six double-doubles and averages of 9.5 points and nine rebounds per contest.
“I always dreamed of doing this,” Patterson said. “It’s exciting. Making it to the next level is something I always wanted to do. I didn’t think I was going to make it but I did.
“I see us going far and making it to the top like we always talk about. I want to make my points and rebounds and get a win each game.”
During her outstanding career, Patterson registered 19 games in which she scored 12 or more points and 17 contests where she grabbed at least 15 rebounds. The forward also had seven matchups in which she blocked more than three shot attempts.
Patterson accounted for 20 double-doubles during 57 appearances in a Prattville uniform with solid averages of 9.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.2 steals and 0.4 assists.
She led the Lady Lions to a combined record of 29-25 between her sophomore and junior seasons with totals of 528 points, 634 boards, 401 defensive rebounds, 95 blocks and 71 steals.