Jessie Rabas admits that she’s obsessed with LeBron James.
She’s also obsessed with winning.
The 5-foot-11 senior has helped the De Pere girls basketball team do plenty of that again this season.
Rabas is averaging 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Redbirds (20-2), who have eight seniors and are ranked No. 4 in Division 1 of both state polls.
The Quincy (Ill.) University recruit discusses her team, which hosts Sheboygan South in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game on Friday, in this week’s senior spotlight.
De Pere produces solid basketball programs year in and year out. What’s the secret to the success?
I think starting from a young age and building team chemistry from a young age is huge. I’ve been playing with at least the same six girls since I was in third grade. I know where Carly (Cerrato) is going to be at all times and she’s know where I’ll be. … When you have like that telepathy thing, it helps a lot.
You split the regular-season series with Sheboygan North and may see the Fox River Classic Conference champion again in the postseason. What’s it like going up against University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recruits Madison and Mackenzie Wolf?
I have this bruise (points to knees) and this bruise from Sheboygan North actually. … When I try driving or doing anything on them on offense it’s just like driving into a brick wall. Not only are they tall (both are listed as being at least 6-foot-3), but they are very strong, so it takes a lot out of you. You’re tired after you play those two.
Why did you feel Quincy (Ill.) University was the right fit for you?
I didn’t want to go to a big school and I didn’t want to stay close in Wisconsin, either. When I visited I got to spend a night with the team and liked the team and stuff. They had a lot of interest in me the whole summer, so that gave me motivation because I knew they wanted me. I liked the location of it a lot because I’m not a cold weather person at all. I hate snow.
Your brother, Zack, is a junior on the boys basketball team. Who would win a game of H-O-R-S-E?
I think it would be close. We used to play one-on-one in the backyard in grade school and I beat him a few times. He wasn’t as tall then, though.
Which teammate could survive the longest on a deserted island?
I think Margaret Miller could. She’s smart and could figure things out to survive. I think she’d figure out how to get off the island, too.
Who is the loudest person on the team?
Probably Sarah Kuehn. She’s the most outgoing. … She’s always talking because she always has something to say. We kind of make fun of her sometimes for it. It’s never a bad thing. It’s just funny.
Which teammate has the best taste in clothes?
Marah Diedrich. We both have the same style. No one else would say Marah and no one would say me. We don’t like to dress up and wear jeans. We wear sweats all the time.
Who is the messiest person on the team?
Carly Cerrato. She said in her (senior spotlight) interview that I was the messiest. I’m not even close to being the messiest. Her car is so bad. You can’t even sit in it. It’s like her closet, her trash and her refrigerator all at the same time.
Do you feel you got some redemption with that response?
Yes. I’m not messy at all. I have old food in my locker, but that’s the worst because otherwise I’m organized. I’m more organized than she is.
I discovered in the fall you have assigned stalls in your parking lot. When did that start?
This is the first year we had assigned spots. When we first got our spots I wanted to decorate mine. But administration didn’t want that apparently.
The student section and the parent section in your gym were switched this season. What do you think of the change?
As a student (spectator for boys games) I didn’t like the idea of standing behind the bench. But when I’m playing I kind of like it because (the student section) is obviously louder than the parents because they cheer more. It pumps you up more.
What’s a rule change you would like to see made for high school basketball in the state?
I don’t like the 8-minute quarters. Teams stall with the last minute left, so that eliminates four minutes in the game already.
What’s something you’d change about your school?
We’re the only school I know that doesn’t get to carry around backpacks. You have to go to your locker in between every class. Isn’t that insane? I hear at other schools they get to carry around backpacks and purses. I feel like it would be so much easier.
What’s a super power you would like to have?
I think it would be so cool to be invisible. It would be kind of creepy, but cool.
What’s you’re most embarrassing moment on a basketball court?
I don’t know if this is a thing, but my sophomore year and my junior year, everyone said I looked like a gazelle when I ran. They would always call me a gazelle because apparently I looked like a gazelle.
What’s your most memorable moment?
When we won the state championship my freshman year. I was a little scrub player, but it was cool.
What would it mean to you to end your career at the state tournament next month?
We’ve been working together and trying to get better as a team for like 10 years. If we could end all of it at the Resch Center it would be a dream come true.
TV show: “One Tree Hill” or “Friends.”
Movie: “More Than A Game.”
Singer: Ed Sheeran.
Athlete: LeBron James.
Food: Anything with cheese.
Childhood toy: Littlest Pet Shop.
Piece of clothing: Pom pom winter hat.
Did you know?
Rabas has a faint scar on her neck from a puncture wound she sustained as a child while playing outside with her cousins. Doctors told her the tree stake she tripped over and was stabbed by was a centimeter away from her jugular vein.
“Anyone of these kids if they were on a lesser team would score a lot more points, but they’re so unselfish. She’s one of those kids. Someone with a full ride scholarship to a Division II school, normally that would be the focal point of your team, but that’s not her. She has accepted her role and that’s great. On and off the court, she’s a blast to have around. She’s a great friend, great teammate to everyone.” – De Pere girls basketball coach Dave Johnson