Henninger senior forward Shalisia Jackson became the first-ever female player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Jackson, 17, hit the milestone on her last basket in a game against Onondaga on Dec. 21.
Despite being double and triple teamed, the 5-foot-11 Jackson is among the CNYCL scoring leaders, averaging approximately 17 ppg. Henninger first-year coach Ben Kochan said Jackson's strength is her strong work ethic.
"She is the last one to leave the court at practice, you have to force her to go home," Kochan said.
Here's what Jackson had to say on a variety of topics:
The most important thing basketball has taught her: "Not to put my head down. When something goes wrong, I keep my head up and move on. I do that with life situations too."
Basketball role model: I have three basketball role models: Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson. I like MJ because he, in my opinion, was the best basketball player of his time. He worked hard, had a lot of motivational quotes and he didn't boast about his game. I like ankle breakers (people who can do tricks that make people guarding them fall). Allen Iverson is an ankle breaker. So is Dwyane Wade.
Favorite part about playing basketball: My favorite part is being part of a team. Each team that I've played on, I made a family. The people that I met I will never forget. Basketball has changed my life.
She's dedicated to the game: "I love the sport. When I play, it helps get my mind off of things. Last year, I went to the park to work on my left hand. It was snowing and cold, like 15 degrees out. A snow plow drove by and I asked them if they could clear off the court and they did. I stayed and played for two hours after that.
Most respected opponent: There are a number of opponents that I respect such as Nikki Works (Nottingham), Carrie Blunt (Corcoran), Nadia Jackson (Corcoran) and Emily Trapani (Fayetteville-Manlius) to just name a few. But I have to say the opponent I respect the most is Brianna Stewart of Cicero-North Syracuse. Going up against her this year I thought it wasn't going to be that hard. But she is the definition of hard work and I witnessed it when we played against her.
Three words that describe me: Self-motivated, entertaining and respectful.
Personal motto: Be original.