Madison Valko played in a lot of big games on several good teams at Marysville High School.
Now Valko is getting a brand new taste of the game playing as a guard on the St. Clair County Community College basketball team.
Like Valko, SC4 is full of players that used to be the No. 1 option on their high schools teams, and she, just like the others, must find a way to mesh her talents with those of her teammates.
“It’s different, but I like it because we have more people,” she said. “It’s not just one person’s responsibility to score. Everyone is involved in everything. It is different not being the one that has to score, but I know I can contribute in a lot of ways. On the defensive end, if I’m rebounding I’m helping the team.”
Valko still has had plenty of success on the offensive end. She is averaging just over 15 points per game while teaming with freshmen Jasmine Parker and Leah Humes to form a dynamic backcourt.
“Maddy is our best shooter on the team, but she does much more than shoot,” SC4 coach Joel Whymer said. “She is improving at putting the ball on the floor and finishing around the basket. She is a better defender than she gets credit for, too.
“She is one of the tougher kids. She sets a great example for the rest of the team, and we are extremely lucky to have her at SC4.”
Valko is happy to be with the Skippers and appears to be fitting in well with her new teammates.
“I think that we are coming together so well, and it’s showing,” Valko said. “We are being a team, and everyone is getting involved. We all love to play.
“Offensively it has been a big adjustment. I look for my shot, but it’s not the most important thing. I can drive and use my other abilities as well. College has changed my perspective. I know it’s not all about the 3-point line.”
SC4 (8-2) has won three consecutive games entering the week. The Skippers will travel to face Kellogg and Illinois Valley Community College before the winter break.
They will begin conference play Jan. 3 at home against Delta College.
“As we keep building on our defense, we will get even better,” Valko said. “We know we can score on offense. We don’t need to work on offense; it’s always going to be there. If we can continue to improve our defense and make it stronger and talk more, we will be a very hard team to beat. It will be exciting.”
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