(This is part of the continuing series on girls who played in the NYO girls basketball program and have gone on to start for their high school team).
Jayden Worswick came to the NYO basketball program in 2010 as a precocious rookie league player, where she was a star from the start, and she stayed and played 6 seasons at NYO. She learned at a young age that ball handling skills would be critical, no matter what position she would eventually play; to excel, she needed the ability to dribble with either her left or right hand, and she needed to be able to create scoring opportunities off of the dribble.
Jayden learned how to handle pressure in our league, especially when on the free throw line. As a rookie player at NYO, she missed 2 free throws when she was at the line, late in a game. The second time this happened to her, she made 1 of 2 free-throws, and the third time, she made both of them. A part of her success in basketball has come from learning to deal with pressure, and her experience at NYO helped her in that ability. Jayden also learned the value of teamwork, and the need to make the players around her better, when she was among the most skilled on her team.
Jayden won a few championships at NYO, and she learned how to win with grace, when that happened. However, she lost her share of championship games as well. She learned that a leader needs to learn how to lose, too, but those losses only fueled her fire to compete, to practice every day, and to improve her skills, every day.
Jayden carried her abundant skills to hish school, where she started at the 2 guard spot her freshman year at Lovett, where she found much success on the court. She even had a 25 point game for the Lions, which finished 17-12 and made the state AAA play-offs, bowing out to Dawson County. Lovett will be blessed with talent at the 2 spot, for 3 more years.
Jayden hopes to continue her basketball career in college; the picture may give you a hint about what she is thinking.