HEATHWOOD HALL GIRLS BASKETBALL

Three sisters, three 1,000-point scorers shine light on Highlanders’ program

ainelson@thestate.comFebruary 7, 2014 

  • Heathwood Superlatives

    1000 POINTS

    Richey Taylor, 1980

    Michael James, 1988

    Svetlana Trzheskal, 1995

    Elena Vishnyakova, 1997

    Derrick Jackson, 1998

    Brionna Dickerson, 2005

    Arayael Brandner, 2009

    Kristen Dickerson, 2009

    Mac Whalen, 2010

    Corey Littlejohn, 2011

    Joseph James, 2012

    A’ja Wilson, 2014

    Victoria Dickerson, 2014

    1000 REBOUNDS

    Brionna Dickerson, 2005

    Arayael Brandner, 2009

    Corey Littlejohn, 2001

    A’ja Wilson, 2014

In the history of Heathwood Hall basketball, 13 players have scored over 1,000 points. Three of them are from the Dickerson family.

Sisters Brionna, Kristen and Victoria Dickerson were among those honored for the distinction of 1,000 career points or 1,000 career rebounds.

“I’m loving being a Dickerson tonight,” said middle sister Kristen Dickerson, the girls basketball coach at Ben Lippen. She was unable to attend the ceremony because she was leading her Falcons team against Cardinal Newman on Friday.

“Basketball for my family is so much more than just a sport. It was the glue that held us together.”

Eldest sister Brionna Dickerson set the bar high for her siblings when she became the first of four Highlanders to surpass both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds before heading to South Carolina in 2005.

“It’s definitely a humbling experience because my sisters and I are so close,” she said. “They’ve watched me play since they were teeny, tiny, and it’s such a great feeling to be able to celebrate something like this with them. For us to all be able to achieve it at the same time, that’s something that families just hope for, families that are huge into basketball and it’s such a major accomplishment for my family and we’re just all incredibly excited.”

She said the siblings had a relationship that was more supportive than competitive, each sister pushing the other to excel in her own way.

“I always tell them to be the best at what you can be the best at. I never try to pressure them to do anything that I did, because I know that they are going to be great people on their own. I’m so proud of the things that they’ve accomplished,” Brionna Dickerson said.

But the youngest of the family felt a mandate to match her sisters on the court.

“It’s a lot of pressure. It’s big footsteps to follow but it definitely sets a path. They trained with me, they worked out with me and helped me get there,” said Victoria, who was starting middle school when her eldest sister went to college.

Victoria chose the jersey No. 32 instead of the 23 her older sisters wore, in part to distinguish herself. But she did not want to be the only sister not to score 1,000 points.

The Highlander senior felt the weight of matching her sisters’ accomplishment lifted last week, as she crossed the 1,000 point threshold during a game against Ben Lippen.

“It’s amazing, it’s a blessing. I didn’t even know I was close,” she said. “They called my name and announced it, and I was so surprised,” Victoria Dickerson said. “I feel like I’ve done my job, I can finally say that I’m on their level.”

Although there are no more Dickerson sisters, Kristen Dickerson said her family’s work with the Palmetto 76ers girls’ AAU team means “we’ve got little sisters everywhere.”

“When it’s all said and done, we just want to be that impact for those girls to realize and grow their potential,” she said.

And the Dickersons also are proud to be part of the Heathwood Hall family.

“Heathwood made a name for itself by believing in people and letting them live up to what they could be and I’m so thankful for it,” Brionna Dickerson said.

A’ja Wilson, the nation’s top girls basketball senior, Aryael Brandner and Corey Littlejohn are the other Highlanders to pass both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, all within the past five years.

“I’m blessed and honored to be a part of this group, and I’m really trying my best to get private schools, and Heathwood, on the map,” Wilson said.

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