Determination drives sophomore athlete

By Nina Scimenes
February 5, 2004

Jonelle Haykel

Jennifer Skursky has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember. Skursky, a returning sophomore, plays forward for the Lady Cavaliers basketball team. Her love of the game is what got her through recovering from several knee injuries.

Being a player on Cabrini’s team has been enjoyable for Skursky. “We all click well together,” Skursky said. This year’s team has only three new players, which makes the team very compatible on the court. “It didn’t take long for the freshmen to learn our style of play together,” Skursky said. Skursky stresses that closeness between the teammates and coaches adds to their successful season.

Playing through pain has been something Skursky is used to since high school. She played with a snapped ligament in her knee the whole season of her senior year at Wyoming Area High School in Pennsylvania. It was not until the summer she received serious surgery on it and had to go through a major recovery process. Physical therapy has become a routine in order to keep strong and be able to play.

Last year at Cabrini she was unfortunate to injure her other knee while playing and ended up getting surgery again. Now she must play with a knee brace. With the help of her optimistic attitude towards her injuries she did not think twice about continuing to play basketball even though she had surgery on both of her knees. She did not let anything get in the way of getting back on the court. “Playing with a brace slows me down a little, and it’s frustrating but not bad,” Skursky said.

A goal that Skursky and her teammates set out for this season was to beat Neumann’s team. They were looking forward toward this game since last year when they lost a close game against Neumann College. Their goal was met this January effectively with the game ending with a score of 70-54.

Making it to the playoffs is another one of the team’s goals for the season and they are almost there. As of now the Lady Cav’s record is 7-2 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. The upcoming game against Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, Feb. 7 will be the determining factor of how far they can go for the homestretch of the season.
“Our goals are all in check,” Skursky said.

Posted to the Web by: Jonelle Haykel

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