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Updated: 05/22/2018 12:44:30PM

Jefferson emerges as area basketball star in sophomore season

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Emani Jefferson drives to the hoop for two in the 8A Regional Semifinals against Gulf Coast.

North Port High's Emani Jefferson dribbles past Sarasota High's Kelly Brown at North Port High School.

Jefferson steals the ball away from Lemon Bay's Jenny Parsons in a preseason game.

North Port's Emani Jefferson scores a basket against the Pirates.


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The first time North Port girls basketball coach Dale Huffman watched Emani Jefferson play basketball, he knew he had something special on his hands.

Even though she was only a seventh grader at the time, Jefferson’s natural gift for the sport was apparent to the Bobcats head basketball coach.

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