Division I men’s college basketball teams from across the country have begun a postseason journey that they all hope will culminate in participating in Final Four weekend in Arlington, Texas.
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School senior girls basketball player Jessica Lesesky hopes that her final prep basketball appearance will take place at the same destination and under the same bright lights of national TV cameras.
The 5-foot-8 guard is currently in the running to be named the sixth and final contestant in a national 3-point contest to be aired on CBS at 4 p.m. on April 6.
The American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships will showcase 16 of the country’s top high school basketball players.
To earn the coveted final spot in the girls’ 3-point championship, Lesesky will need help from Northeast Ohio’s high school sports fans.
The competition’s final participant, labeled as “America’s Choice,” will be decided through online voting at https://apps.facebook.com/afi_slam/. Lesesky has advanced to the final round.
Participating in the nationally televised competition would make for a storybook ending to Lesesky’s prep hoops career.
“I know everyone always says it would mean the world to them to win something like this, but for me, it is so much more,” Lesesky said at the contest’s outset. “I’ve been battling POTS disease my whole life and never imagined I would be able to even play basketball, let alone, be blessed enough to compete in an event like this.”
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, is defined as an abnormal increase in heart rate upon standing. Those affected with POTS can experience lightheadedness, exercise intolerance and extreme fatigue.
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