MEMORIAL’S SENIOR DEFENSIVE STOPPER — Johnae Biggs excited to lead team from the paint

Published 12:16 am Saturday, January 20, 2024

The Memorial girls basketball team is a bit smaller than they have been in the past, according to head coach Kevin Henry.

The lack of across-the-board height means the few players who do have some length are required to exert that attribute as much as possible.

Senior Johnae Biggs literally rises to the occasion for the Titans, Henry said.

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“She is our anchor on defense,” he said of Biggs. “She leads the team in shot blocking. She is either first or second in rebounds. She is our tallest person and is our intimidator. She alters a lot of shots and makes teams think twice about putting up shots in her face.”

Biggs, who stands at 6 feet tall, enjoys playing defense.

Just ask her.

“Playing defense is my favorite thing to do,” she said. “I love the excitement of blocking a shot and hearing the crowd go crazy. I like getting a steal. It adds something to me.”

The coach said he notices a difference in how opposing teams try to attack when Biggs is on the floor.

“We’re small this year — a lot smaller than previous year — and she seems to make up a lot of it with her length,” Henry said. “She is a big plus. When she is in there, a lot of teams have to adjust their game plan for her.”

Biggs’ competitiveness extends to her five siblings, where she says they compete in everything from video games to outside activities.

Off the court, Henry said Biggs is mild mannered and quiet.

“She works and helps out at home with her siblings,” he said. “I am hoping some big things can happen for her.”

Biggs considers herself a homebody who keeps to herself when not on the court.

In the classroom, Biggs’ favorite subject is science.

“I just like learning about how the system works,” she said.

After high school, the ball player has her eyes set on obtaining a real estate license.

“I’ve seen a lot of videos about it and how people have had success doing it,” she added.

With a few district games left, Biggs believes the Titans can make a run at the playoffs.

“We need to keep working as a team,” she said. “We can really go somewhere far. We just have to go for it.”

The team will host Barbers Hill on Tuesday.