Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Mississippi high school girls basketball player of the week for Dec. 7-13 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Thursday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Friday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivems.
WEEK 1 NOMINEES:
Kaileigh Bilbo, St. Martin: Scored 22 points to go along with three assists and four steals in a 49-28 win over Pass Christian.
Aubrey Britt, Loyd Star: Scored 30 points to go with eight rebounds and five steals in a 56-49 win over North Pike and then scored 15 points with three assists and three steals in a 55-36 loss to Sumrall.
Gabrielle Collier, Brandon: Scored 28 points in a 77-38 win over Warren Central, 28 more points in a 66-62 win over Choctaw Central and 23 points in a 46-40 loss to Starkville.
Hama’ya Fielder, Neshoba Central: Averaged 17.6 points a game in a 60-34 win over New Hope, a 63-53 win over Raymond and a 70-42 win over Newton County.
Samya Hamilton, Bay Springs: Put up a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds in a 50-38 win over Pelahatchie and chipped in five points to go along with 14 rebounds in a 43-42 win over Lake.
D.J. Jackson, Columbus: Made 13 out of 13 free throws and scored 23 points to lift Columbus past Starkville 49-40 on the road.
Elise Jackson, Purvis: Scored 18 points and added four rebounds and four steals in a 68-18 win over Forrest County AHS, scored 20 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals in a 61-18 win over St. Patrick and scored seven points to go with eight rebounds and nine steals in a 50-24 win over Richton.
Mackenzie Lewis, Laurel: Recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds to go along with two assists and four steals in a 36-24 win over Oak Grove.
LaShaunte Payne, Magee: Scored 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals in a 63-28 win over Mount Olive and turned in a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds in a 64-48 win over Pelahatchie.
Michaela Payton, Moss Point: Recorded a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds in a 36-17 win over Gautier, and averaged 10.5 points and eight rebounds in two more wins over Pascagoula and Jefferson Davis County.