Ahead of Wednesday’s girls basketball game between Jackson and McKinley high schools, the matchup was being billed by the local newspaper in Canton, Ohio, as “must-see.”
On the court would be Jackson senior guard Taylor Mikesell, a Team USA member and Maryland signee, and McKinley junior guard Kierstan Bell, a top-five recruit and the reigning Ohio Ms. Basketball.
“If you’re a Jackson fan or a McKinley fan or just a fan of basketball, you have to be at Jackson High School,” Jackson coach Anthony Butch told The Repository.
So LeBron James showed up.
The NBA superstar has a home in Bath Township, northwest of Akron and not that far of a drive to Jackson High School. His son, LeBron Jr., used to play for a local Amateur Athletic Union youth basketball coach who’s friends with Mikesell. And then there was the appeal of the game itself.
So while maybe the game’s greatest-ever talent and his wife, Savannah, looked on, Mikesell and Bell put on a show. Mikesell scored 30 points — 10 shy of the total she put up in the teams’ first matchup — while Bell went for 38 in a 69-57 win.