Brittany didn’t dress up often, but oh, wasn’t she beautiful when she did!

All-Star Game:

Brittany was selected by the private school coaches in the Houston area to represent The John Cooper School in the 2005 All-Star game. Not satisfied with merely participating, Brittany finished second in the pre-game 3-point shooting competition and went on to be selected as the games’ Most Outstanding Offensive Player

Austin College:
Although she didn’t see much playing time her freshman year, she loved being a part of the Lady ‘Roos and was always energetically supporting her team.

For Brittany’s senior gift we arranged for her to visit Duke and attend the Duke/Wake Forest basketball game and see her hero JJ Redick in person. She later confided in us that it was one of the highlights of her life. Although JJ slipped out the back door after the game she was able to get pictures Daniel Ewing and Chris Duhon and through a chance encounter with JJ’s sister, she received a signed picture in the mail a few weeks later.

John Cooper School:
Brittany could not have had a better senior year than playing for Rod Gold and the Lady Dragons. Two highlights stand out; making the consolation semis of the HISD tournament against much larger public schools and making the all-tournament team in the Sherman Holiday Classic and being able to play in the Austin College gym.

Rocket Shootout and Other:
Two years in a row Brittany qualified against hundreds of other Houston-area high school players by making the top 16 for the 3-point shoot-off at Rocket games, one year making it to the semi-finals. She also played AAU ball every off-season, the last three in the Cy-Fair AAU organization.

The Woodlands High School:
Brittany played for 3 years in The Woodlands High School Lady Highlander program making many strong friendships. She discovered her love for coaching during a community outreach to 5th and 6th grade girls her sophomore year.

2005 SPC Championships

Whether it was going to Galveston with her friends, to Gulf Shores on church youth trips or to Hawaii with her family, Brittany loved the beach!


Family meant so much to Brittany. She never went through that phase so many do where they become embarrassed to be seen with other family members. She never failed to outwardly show her love for her family.

Although we could have included hundreds of pictures, these are some that brought back fond memories.

As her older brother by 6 years, Brittany really looked up to Justin.

Kayla and Mallory:
Brittany got along great with all of her extended family but was especially close to her cousins Kayla and Mallory.

Our Family:
Again we could have included hundreds of pictures but these will have to do!

As Mike Jones wrote in his touching Conroe Courier article, Brittany was “a friend to everyone”. At her Celebration of Life service, a close friend of Brittany’s told us that after meeting Brittany you felt like you knew her forever. As her parents we were able to witness this phenomenon first hand. As you look at the pictures of her and her friends you will notice that more often than not, Brittany is in the middle of the picture. She loved being surrounded by her friends.

3 Amigos:
Brittany had many friends but undoubtedly, two of her closest friends were Melissa Richardson (Ouachita Baptist) and Jo Harner (Abilene Christian). Not only did they have basketball and faith in common, but fun and silliness thrown in as well.

Austin College:
It did not take long for Brittany to make friends on campus. Blessed with a terrific roommate in Nicole Berenger and great teammates, she had a great jump on most freshmen.

Brittany participated in many church activities including various youth activities, AWANA, mission trips and a discipleship group that met at our house on Sunday nights for 6 years.

After transferring to the John Cooper School for her senior year, Brittany came home from one of her first days at school announcing that she was running for class president. She didn’t win but she impressed us, her classmates, and teachers by jumping in with both feet. By the end of the year, an outsider would have thought that she had spent her entire academic career at the school.

Fab 5 :
Not to be confused with the 5 freshman at the University of Michigan a number of years ago, the self-described Cooper version consisted of Brittany, Abby Hiatt, Mary Futcher, Melissa Prasad and Lisa Totino, all seniors on the Cooper basketball team.

The Woodlands:
The 3 years Brittany spent at The Woodlands High School formed the core of her friendships.

1st Annual Tournament

There are so many that we can’t list them all but some are:

Austin College draping her jersey over a chair during the remaining 2005-06 games, wearing a wrist band with her number and creating the Brittany Simpson award which she was the first recipient.

John Cooper School basketball teams wearing a B-Simp 24 patch on their uniforms, retiring her jersey to be displayed in the gym and renaming the MVP award to the Brittany Simpson MVP award.

Cy-Fair AAU girls program wearing a patch on their uniforms designed by “3 Amigos” Melissa Richardson.

The Woodlands Christian Academy planting a tulip tree on campus in her memory.

The B-Simp Ballers (Turner Adams, Cameron Carlisle, Danny Batton, and David) going 6-0 and winning a 3-on-3 tournament.

David gets the privilege to help coach the Woodlands Magic AAU team with the team wearing 24 B-SIMP patches.

Woodlands teammate Yari Pujols painting.
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