By Sydney Goldenstein
The female athlete of the month for February is senior Jenna Knudson.
Knudson was born on July 5, 1997. She is the daughter of Bob and Carrie Knudson, along with her sisters Rachelle and Taylor. They have a dog, Dusty and a horse, Coco.
On the court, Knudson is number 33 and is one of the Lady Tiger’s five starters. She also plays softball.
Her pre-game ritual consists of listening to music and dancing.
“The best thing about basketball is being around four other people, working for a common goal,” said Knudson. “The worst is losing state by three points when you were up the whole game.”
Her favorite high school memories were in Ms. Howard’s speech class, because “she’s awesome.” Her favorite basketball memory was coming back from Trinidad as a freshman when they got snowed in and stayed at a hotel.
“Even though it was a loss, we still had fun,” said Knudson.
“The best game I’ve played in so far was during my freshman year at UNC against Valley when I made the game winner in double overtime. It was a good level of competition,” said Knudson.
Knudson’s goal in basketball this year is to get back to state and correct wrong.
“I see winning state as a possibility,” said Knudson. “We got a shot.”
The team’s overall record so far is 14-1, with a loss to the Lady Eaton Reds.
Her advice to underclassmen is “to work hard and never accept where you’re at.”
Knudson’s favorites include the movie Baby Mamma, the book The Chance by Karen Kingsbury, and the T.V. show Grey’s Anatomy. Her favorite sport is basketball, and her athletic role model is Becky Hammon because she came from nothing and became a strong athlete. Her hobbies are playing sports and hanging out with friends.
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you didn’t take,” is her all-time favorite quote.
Knudson’s biggest supporter is her family as a whole because they have been there from the start, win or loss.
“My biggest role model is my older sister, Rachelle,” said Knudson. “She’s been through a lot and always came out a better person.”
Knudson signed to play basketball at Embry Riddle next winter, and plans on majoring in Global Security and Intelligence.
In 10 years, she sees herself coaching somewhere at the college level and finally starting her life as an adult.