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STVM girls basketball team focused on continued success

1/23/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Shannon Jack scores 1,000th career point

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The St. Vincent-St. Mary (STVM) High School girls basketball team’s record through Jan. 20 was 13-1, but head coach Joe Jakubick said his team still has the ability to get even better.

“We’ve played well in spots,” he said. “Obviously, we have a very challenging schedule, but I think we’ve performed well. We’re still looking to put 32 minutes together, though. We tend to play in spurts. We haven’t played badly, but there will be times when we play just OK and then we hit the gas pedal. Our goal is to keep our foot on the gas pedal longer. We’re working at trying to get better every day, and if we can stay focused, we’re a difficult team to beat.”

One key strength of this year’s team, Jakubick said, is its senior leadership.

“I start five seniors, and four of them are going on to play basketball in college,” he said. “All of my seniors are all tremendous competitors. They just get after it.”

The team’s starting seniors (with comments on each by the coach) are as follows:

  • Point guard Cassie Jakubick: “Cassie missed last year after she tore her ACL [anterior cruciate ligament], and we missed her the whole year. Cassie doesn’t score the most for us, but having her on the court puts everybody else in a position to be successful. She leads us in assists and does a tremendous job defensively. She’s also our third-leading rebounder.”
  • Guard Kiley May: “Kiley is going to the University of Tiffin to play basketball. She takes on some of our point guard responsibilities, and she’s second on the team in assists and third in scoring. She does a really nice job defensively, and she’s a tremendous competitor. She’s probably having her best year to date.”
  • Forward Shannon Jack: “Shannon just scored her 1,000th career point. She’s an excellent defender, probably our best defensive player, and she plays really hard. She’s averaging around 12.5 points per game. Shannon is a four-year starter, and she’s going to Slippery Rock University.”
  • Power forward Alexis Taylor: “She moved here from North Carolina during her junior year, so this is her first year starting for us, even though she got a lot of minutes last year. She’s probably the best athlete on our team. Her upside is tremendous, and she’s gotten better every game this year. She is going to Findlay to play basketball.”
  • Center Jordan Korinek: “Jordan is 6-foot-2. She is our leading scorer and our leading rebounder, averaging something like 19 points and 10 rebounds a game. Jordan has the capabilities at times to really dominate the game inside. She’s going to Kent State University to play basketball.”

According to Jakubick, this year’s team has “great chemistry.”

“These kids all get along, and they just relish what they have here together. As long as they continue to stay together and have each other’s back, we’re a difficult team to beat,” he said. “And all the kids on my varsity team have above a 3.0 GPA [grade-point average]. That just speaks volumes about who they are.”

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