Blackmon earns MVP honors

CNJ staff

Former Clovis High standout Brittany Blackmon closed out her two-year career at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, by earning most valuable player honors for the 2007-08 Western Junior College Athletic Conference basketball season.

Blackmon, who helped Clovis High to a 30-0 record and the Class 5A girls state championship in 2005, averaged 16.7 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Lady Texans (26-4) and was also chosen to the all-Region V squad. She scored in double figures in 26 games and posted five double-doubles.

South Plains’ season came to an end in the finals of the NJCAA Region V tournament on March 9 with a 73-50 loss to conference rival Midland College.

It marked the third consecutive year South Plains has lost in the regional final. Midland advanced to the NJCAA national tournament at Salina, Kan.

South Plains won the WJCAC championship outright last season after sharing the title a year ago.

“We had a pretty good season overall,” said Blackmon, who was held to five points in the finals after scoring 31 in a semifinal win over Howard College. “Every day we worked and tried to accomplish our goals.”

She said she had hoped to gain MVP honors

“People told me I was going to get it, but I didn’t think I would,” she said. “It was one of my goals.”

The 5-foot-11 Blackmon said she wants to continue playing basketball next year at a four-year school, although she has no idea where.