Athlete of the Week: Jasalyn Davis-Denkins

Athlete of the Week: Jasalyn Davis-Denkins

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Athlete of the Week: Jasalyn Davis-Denkins

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Jasalyn Davis-Denkins

Junior * William Penn * girls basketball

THE WEEK: Scored 27 points in a 56-47 victory over Brandywine last Thursday and scored 19 points in a 51-46 loss to Concord on Saturday.

THE FEELING: “I was really nervous because we haven’t beaten Brandywine in a long time, and then when I got on the floor, I just tried my best to remember what coach always told me – ‘every second on the floor just give 110 percent’ – and then it worked out,” said the star forward.

THE GAME: Although William Penn fell to Concord, Davis-Denkins believed if they played better in the opening quarter, the result may have been different. “In the beginning, the whole team was slacking a little bit,” she said. The Colonials were only able to put up four points in the first frame, but the team outscored the Raiders in the final quarter 20-15.

THE OFFENSE: Davis-Denkins has been the leading scorer in all six games for the Colonials (3-3) and is averaging 21.3 points per outing. “I’m successful because of my team,” said the 5-foot-10 competitor. “If it weren’t for them passing me the ball and seeing certain things when I put my head down, I wouldn’t have all the points and rebounds that I do have.”

THE SEASON: Tonight, Davis-Denkins and the Colonials face a huge challenge when they travel to A.I. du Pont (8-0) for a conference battle. Davis-Denkins is confident that her team can pull an upset, but they must take care of one task first. “It starts with practice. We just have to work hard at practice and then do the same thing in the game, and I think we’ll be fine.”

THE COACH SAYS: “She has always been a good offensive player, but she has really taken it upon herself to become a more complete player,” said head coach Chuck Bartels, who has coached Davis-Denkins for two years. “She’s really stepping up in that respect.”

ON THE COURT: Not only does Jasalyn share the court with her teammates but also her older sister Jessica. Sometimes the Davis-Denkins sisters go toe-to-toe with a sibling rivalry, however, Jasalyn said, “I love her. We work [well] together on the court.”

THE CLASSROOM: Jasalyn’s favorite subject is science. “I like working with chemicals and blowing things up,” she said.

THE FUTURE: The junior may not know where she wants to go to college, but she is positive that she wants to play basketball at the next level. She expressed interest in schools such as UMass, Rider and Towson.

– Gianna Banner

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