Autrey’s jersey gets retired

Published 10:30 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Briana Autrey’s legacy will live on past her upcoming graduation from Nansemond River High School.

The No. 1 jersey will not be worn again in the Nansemond River High School’s girls’ basketball program. In a recent team ceremony, Autrey’s coaches, teammates and family gathered to honor her for everything she was able to accomplish in her four years wearing the Lady Warriors uniform. It came as a surprise to the senior.

“I never thought it would happen, but I had been talking to my mom about how nice it would be for that to happen since I had been in the ninth grade,” she said.

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At the ceremony, they played a video for Autrey, and coach R. Calvin Mason Sr. read all her accolades. Before Autrey even had a chance to speak, he let her know that no one will wear No. 1 anymore.

During her four years, Autrey collected the most points, assists and steals in the program’s history. She is also fourth in rebounds while also becoming the fastest player to reach 1,000 points in school history. She finished her senior season as a first team All-District and All-Region selection and was a nominee for the Class 5 All-State team.

“This means everything to me,” Autrey said. “I always wanted to leave a legacy here, and actually to accomplish that is a big deal for me.”

Autrey returned this season as the only starter from last year’s conference championship team. She knew she was going to be asked to do more, and she did. Before the season and throughout, Mason has spoken about Autrey’s talent and that she was a role model for younger players.

The next chapter for Autrey will be NCAA Division I basketball for Air Force. Between now and the fall, she plans to work on her game and on her weaknesses in particular so that she can do her best to make an impact on her first day.