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Cook, Smith heading to next level

The Lady Eagles recently had two players sign to play at the next level with Jymara Smith (front left) is heading to East Georgia College while Jazzmine Cook will be at Georgia Perimeter. Showing support are, from left, coaches Matthew Jackson, Tresnesa Cosby and Jeff Cook. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

The Lady Eagles recently had two players sign to play at the next level with Jymara Smith (front left) is heading to East Georgia College while Jazzmine Cook will be at Georgia Perimeter. Showing support are, from left, coaches Matthew Jackson, Tresnesa Cosby and Jeff Cook. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

COVINGTON — After being on the same team for the past four years, Eastside’s Jazzmine Cook and Jymara Smith will soon be adversaries recently after signing to play at the collegiate level.

Cook will be staying close agreeing to play at Georgia Perimeter while Smith will be heading south to become a Bobcat at East Georgia State College.

“I’m really excited and happy,” Eastside head coach Matthew Jackson said. I’ve been here at Eastside for four years with them and I’m really proud. Both schools are getting good girls.”

In her senior year, Smith averaged 9.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, .7 and .2 steals per game.

“We’re going to miss Jymara’s her size and her rebounding,” Jackson said.

Even though Cook only played six games in her senior year due to injury, she made the most of her time on the court. The future Lady Jaguars averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assist, 2.5 steals and .8 blocks per game.

“Jazzmine is very versatile so she’s bringing good ball handling, quickness and speed,” Jackson said. “She has meant the world. She’s been my best player with the highest scoring average, highest steal average and she’s led the team in rebounding. I’m really going to miss that. GPC is getting a very good player, a solid player.”