Jade Jones

Jade Jones (22) drives the lane for Northwestern Oklahoma State during a game against Tabor University this past season. Jones has been named the new girls basketball coach at Burlington High School. (Photo courtesy of NWOSU Athletic Communications)

BURLINGTON, Okla. — Jade Jones made her mark as one of the top girls basketball players in Northwest Oklahoma. Now, Jones will take her game to the sidelines.

Jones has been named the new girls head basketball coach at Burlington High School, succeeding Kirsten Pruett who left the Lady Elks to take the same position at Cherokee High School.

Jones recently completed a successful career at Northwestern Oklahoma State University that saw her eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her collegiate career as well as setting a single-game record for assists.

The former Pond Creek-Hunter standout set a school and Great American Conference record for assists this past season in the Lady Rangers' 92-56 win over conference rival Southern Arkansas.

Jones had 15 assists in the contest, shattering the previous NWOSU single-game assist record of 12. She broke the conference record of 14 assists that was held by several players.

She put a cap on her high school career by leading the Lady Panthers, coached by her father Darin Jones, to the Class A state title in 2014. She was named tournament MVP. She also earned All-State honors and was named the Enid News & Eagle's All-Northwest Oklahoma girls player of the year based on voting by area coaches.

Jones will be taking over a Burlington program that has made six consecutive state tournament appearances.

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Ruthenberg is sports editor for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at daver@enidnews.com.

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