There’s a good time to be upset and a bad time.
Jasmine McGillvray has learned the difference.
For instance, McGillvray used to get upset after she missed a shot. Now the junior forward for Class 2A’s second-ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals brushes it off and concentrates on the next one.
“That’s helped me quite a bit,” said McGillvray. “Last year, I used to hang my head and let it get to me. Now if I miss it just motivates me to make the next shot and just keep going. I know I’ll pull through with another shot.”
One thing McGillvray didn’t forget was how upset she was last season about coming off the bench instead of starting. That didn’t sit well with McGillvray so she did something about it.
“I could see it over the summer,” said Cardinals head coach Arden Beachy. “She had one of the best summers out of all the kids and was playing better defense than what she was doing last year. That was something that kept her out of the starting lineup last year.
“This year, like last year, I have more than five kids that could start. I think at times she was mad she wasn’t in the starting lineup even though she was playing more than the starters did. That pushed her. She had a chip on her shoulder and she used it to have a good summer. She’s just taken off from there.”
McGillvray scored a game-high 22 points in the Cardinals’ 86-62 non-conference win over Holdingford Jan. 12 and followed it with 13 points in S-M’s 57-42 Mid-State Conference win over Detroit Lakes Jan. 13.
Beachy called McGillvray a rhythm shooter. He said she’s acquired a shooter’s mentality to go along with good touch and athletic ability.
“She either starts off hot or eventually gets going,” said Beachy. “There has only been a few times when she hasn’t made three or four 3-pointers in a game. Out of 14 games, I think it’s only been two or three times.”
That production, along with equally productive teammates, has the Cardinals at 12-2 overall and riding a seven-game winning streak.
“We all are good players, but we play really well together and that helps quite a bit,” said McGillvray. “We’re all good shooters. We’re pretty good at defense and Beachy really pushes us to get stronger.
“We have quite a bit of depth on our bench. So if I’m not making my shot I like to pass it off and make plays that way. We’re all good shooters so I’m not worried if I’m having an off night. Someone else pulls through.”
McGillvray and the Cardinals haven’t had many off nights. S-M averages 69.8 points a game and holds opponents to 49.4. She scored 20 points in the Cardinals’ 100-31 embarrassment of Park Rapids Thursday.
“She likes to have a lot of fun and early on in her career I thought that was a detriment because she wasn’t focused,” Beachy said. “But she’s focused now and she still is that joking, fun-loving personality.
“She’s really worked on not getting down on herself when things don’t go well. Now she forgets about that last possession and concentrates on the next shot. Her personality works well for allowing that to happen.”
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Mattie Lueck, Pequot Lakes, finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Sebeka.
Whitney Weisz, Little Falls, finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds and 18 points against St. Cloud Tech.
Tatum Sheley, Pine River-Backus, finished with 36 points and six steals against Cass Lake-Bena and scored 24 points against Sebeka.
Kristen Korfe, Verndale, scored 20 points against Swanville.
Gymnastics: Rachelle LeBlanc, Little Falls, won the bars, vault and floor en route to winning the all-around title with a 37.15 score against St. Cloud Apollo.
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