Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Jenna O’Dell has been a fixture in the St. John’s Lady Cavaliers’ lineup for years, so it came as a surprise to only her when the game was stopped against Cathedral Academy in honor of her 1,000th career point.
“I know I was close,” the senior Lady Cavs’ forward said, “but nobody told me how close.”
O’Dell finished with a career high 31 points in SJCA’s 53-19 win over Cathedral.
“I just feel blessed to be able to have done this in front of my family and friends,” O’Dell said.
Lady Cavs Coach Chris Pouyat called coaching O’Dell a privilege over the past three seasons. O’Dell was also unanimously named Region 1A Player of the Year.
“She is a senior, my team captain and main scorer,” he said. “She has worked hard for me the past few seasons and deserves plenty of recognition not only for her basketball accomplishments but for what she has meant to our girls program at St. John’s.”
SJCA Athletic Director said O’Dell joined a distinguished club.
“St. John’s Christian Academy is proud of Jenna O'Dell and her accomplishments on the basketball floor and off,” said Winters. “She has joined a select group of Cavalier athletes in scoring 1,000 career points and we wish her well after graduation as she pursues opportunities at the next level.”
O’Dell and the Lady Cavs, who finished second in their region during the regular season, advanced to the SCISA Region 1A championship game this weekend with a tournament win 49-25 over Faith Christian.
O’Dell had 15 points – all three-pointers – and nine rebounds to lead SJCA. Amber Lewis chipped in 11 points in the win.
“We started off slow Friday night, but came out strong in the second half,” Pouyat said. “It was nice to put a good showing together and making our case to play for the region title.”
SJCA squares off Tuesday against second ranked James Island Christian and Pouyat is confident his team can prevail: “It’s going to come down to rebounding and protecting the ball for us. If we can stand up against James Island's aggressive and talented inside game, get good position and grab the boards we have a great chance to take home the title.”
The Lady Cavaliers did not fare well in their first encounter with James Island, falling 71-32, but Pouyat said this is tournament time and SJCA is a different team than what took the floor a month ago.
“My girls are starting to come together at the right time,” he said. “We are young, graduating only one senior this year. James Island has six seniors, but my girls have come a long way, we have a lot of heart. We are excited for the opportunity. It’s been a long time coming.”
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