Little underscores the fleeting nature of a high school sports career like a tough loss.

After her Bobcats dropped a 43-37 contest to McLean in the Pohanka Chantilly Classic on Dec. 26, Battlefield junior Misha Jones’ thoughts drifted to her college future.

“That night we sat down,” Jones said. “My parents sat me down thinking maybe this would be the right time to discuss some more college things, because you know, time is passing.”

Jones — who is averaging 14.1 points per game – weighed scholarship offers from Towson, George Mason and William & Mary.

With a 4.2 cumulative grade point average, the standout guard wasn’t limited to those options. She drew interest from several top academic schools, including Princeton. But ultimately, Jones found a decisive factor in Tribe first-year Coach Ed Swanson, who led Sacred Heart to 13 straight winning seasons before setting his sights on Williamsburg and the Colonial Athletic Association.

“They have a great up-and-coming program, and Coach Swanson – the proof is in the pudding with him,” Jones said.

Flanked by her dad Michael and mother Penelope in the living room of their Manassas Park home, Jones called Swanson and relayed the good news.

“At that moment there was just so much relief,” Jones said of her commitment. “It was tremendous. I’ve been worried about recruiting for the past two months now. It just felt like it needed to be done.”

Beyond the coaching aspect, Jones’ interest was piqued by the prospect of living in a city akin to a living museum.

“Williamsburg is beautiful,” she said. “I’m big on history so the fact that all of that has gone on in American history intrigued me to be able to go to college there.”

Jones garnered first-team all-Cedar Run District and second-team Northwest Region honors as a sophomore.

She plans to major in film and media studies or kinesiology with a minor in business.

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