Jordan Lawrence is just doing what comes natural. And from the looks of things, everything pretty much comes natural to Lawrence.
A rising ninth-grader in the Red Oak school system, Lawrence is getting an early look at what it takes to be a varsity level basketball player very early. She is one of several youngsters playing in the Waxahachie high school summer league, which pits area high schools against each other in an attempt to better players’ skills amid stiff competition.
As a whole, the Red Oak girls are still trying to find a groove. Lawrence has found hers.
In Wednesday’s game against Waxahachie, Lawrence was the biggest scoring threat for the Lady Hawks in the game.
With the Lady Indian offense rolling along, Red Oak turned to the young player to answer and she did just that. Lawrence scored a team-high nine points in the game, the most any Lady Hawk player has scored in either of Red Oak’s two summer league games so far.
After hitting just one free throw in the first half, Lawrence scored eight in the second half and in dramatic fashion. Down 33-7 at halftime and 38-7 early in the second half, Lawrence came alive with three straight buckets for an individually based 6-0 run.
She admits to being comfortable with her shot so far and hasn’t been afraid to fire off at the basket when she sees an opening. But that’s not the only thing Lawrence is bringing to the court.
Only two players with varsity experience for Red Oak are playing in the summer league and only five possible total players with varsity experience will return to the team for the Lady Hawks. That leaves a lot of holes to fill, the most of which will come in terms of post play.
None of the current varsity players are taller than 5-foot-10, leaving a big difference in post play to make up for. Lawrence isn’t overly tall but does have lengthy arms and a tough spirit in the paint. Against Waxahachie, she battled several Lady Indian players who were taller than her by three-plus inches and bigger by 50-plus pounds. Even against those taller and bigger athletes, Lawrence showed she wasn’t scared to do battle and stand toe-to-toe.
For now, she isn’t worried about battling for a varsity spot or where she’ll land in the high school program next season. Lawrence is just focusing on honing her game and developing into the best player she can be. She acknowledges she has a long way to go to be. But from the looks of things, she’s well on her way.
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