Lauren Jodrey has played basketball since she was four years old and she has no plans to stop playing anytime soon.
The Hantsport resident, who turned 18 on Jan. 28, is a Grade 12 student at Horton and a valuable starter in her third year playing with the Griffins. She is also an accomplished track and field competitor, focusing on the sprint and relay events, but it’s not her first priority.
“I do track to keep in shape,” Jodrey said. “Basketball is my favourite.”
This past summer, Jodrey did something very few young athletes get to do when she represented Nova Scotia at the Canada Summer Games in Quebec.
“I loved it,” she said of the experience. “I liked how the competition was better than anything I’d ever done before – a whole week of just basketball.”
“I got to make a lot of new friends, and got to watch a lot of the other sports,” including some in which friends and schoolmates were participating.
Before Christmas, Jodrey firmed up her basketball future for the next four years by committing to attend Acadia for this fall to study toward a business degree and play for the Axewomen.
She may be the first-ever girl from Hantsport to play basketball at Acadia.
“I like the idea of staying close to home,” Jodrey said. “I’ve always loved Acadia, and I’ve always felt I’d like to stay around here for university.”
Axewomen head coach Bev Greenlaw likes what she brings to the table.
“I thought during the Canada Games, she was Nova Scotia’s steadiest performer in the backcourt and she got better as the tournament went along,” he said. “I like her, I like her work ethic and I like the fact she’s local.”
“Lauren is a great athlete, and she’s worked hard over the past two or three years to improve. And no matter who she’s playing against, she’s strong defensively.”
Asked what it is she likes about basketball, Jodrey said she has enjoyed the different teams she has been part of, meeting different people and learning the game.
“I like how it keeps you stay active. I love everything about it.”
Jodrey said is looking forward to both attending Acadia and playing for the Axewomen.
“Acadia has a young team,” she said. “I’m hoping to fit right in.
Jodrey is looking for Acadia to continue to improve the next few years and into the future. “The Axewomen are such a young team that can only keep getting better.”
Before that, however, there is the matter of the rest of the 2014 high school season. Horton has beaten all the teams in the region and is a strong bet to once again host regionals.
The Griffins have been among the top three or four teams in the province since Jodrey has played there, and she expects that to be the case again this year.
“We’re hearing Auburn is number two in the province, and we’ve beaten them,” she said.
“I’m hoping to be the same kind of player at Acadia I am at Horton,” she said. “I’ve always liked defence more than offence. I know I can score points, but I’ve never focused on scoring.
“I’ve always believed that if you focus on defence, the scoring will come.”
Asked what she believes makes her a successful athlete, both in basketball and in track and field, she said, “I’ve always worked hard, and I’m a strong believer that hard work pays off.”
Did you know?
Jodrey is one of 13 Horton female track and field athletes chosen to represent Nova Scotia at a national competition in Toronto in May.