Jones navigates long road back to basketball

Z’kiyah Jones enters the game late in the fourth quarter of Navarre’s convincing win over Pensacola Catholic Monday night. She hits a couple of free throws and even scores off a rebound.

Her teammates love every moment of it, jumping up and down on the bench. The fans cheer like crazy, a few of them stomping the bleachers. Jones is wearing a smile that says more than words ever will.

This isn’t your typical role player who comes off the bench and puts on a show type of sports moment.

This is so much more.

This moment symbolizes the end of a long road back from the brink of death.

Three months ago, on the afternoon of Aug. 29, Jones was in a nasty car accident on Highway 399 while driving home from school.

It’s amazing Jones left the scene with her life. She spent the next seven days in the hospital.

Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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