Start remembering the name Jyah LoVett, because in just a few games for the Muir girls basketball team, she has already produced some jaw-dropping numbers.
LoVett went on a scoring tear in Muir’s 72-66 win over Burbank on Tuesday night, finishing with 61 of her team’s points.
The Mustangs (4-2, 3-2) have played only six games during the coronavirus-shortened spring season, and they will face rival and Pacific League-leading Pasadena (8-4, 6-0) at home on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
LoVett played at Providence High in Burbank as a freshman, was home-schooled her sophomore year and enrolled at Muir for her junior year. Her father Marcus LoVett is the first-year head coach at Muir.
“We needed every last one of those points too,” Marcus LoVett said of his daughter’s performance in the win over Burbank. “She’s having a great season. It’s been tough only having a few games, but we’re trying to get better and Jyah’s had some good games for sure.”
Jyah Lovett scored 55 points in a nonleague game against Pasadena Poly, scored 49 against Hoover and had 31 points in a 60-58 win over Arcadia.
“I give my dad a lot of credit for pushing me,” Jyah LoVett said. “I wouldn’t have these games without him. I’m just working hard, trying to get steals, go to the basket, hit 3-pointers. Just trying to do everything I can to help my team win.”
Because of coronavirus health and safety protocols, Muir won’t play a complete Pacific League season, but if it somehow gets into the Division 4AA playoffs, Muir and Jyah LoVett will be a pair to watch.
“Honestly, we’ll see what happens,” Marcus LoVett said. “We’re making the most of our situation.”