Jacoby Going For One Last Ring

With the shifting basketball culture in the women’s program at Emory & Henry, there is a stand-out player who has experienced both the ups and downs of the program. Growing up in Richmond, Jacoby had an early exposure to athletics. Originally, Jacoby’s athletic life would spawn in the realm of gymnastics. With approximately nine years of her life being devoted to the sport, basketball always seemed to be the “side” sport. With a father who coached the game of basketball for her brother, Jacoby’s exposure to the game would lead her to drop gymnastics and pick up the game she loves today. Watching and listening to the game in the shadow of her brother, Jacoby began to hone her basketball

Growing up in Richmond, Jacoby had an early exposure to athletics. Originally, Jacoby’s athletic life would spawn in the realm of gymnastics. With approximately nine years of her life being devoted to the sport, basketball always seemed to be the “side” sport. With a father who coached the game of basketball for her brother, Jacoby’s exposure to the game would lead her to drop gymnastics and pick up the game she loves today. Watching and listening to the game in the shadow of her brother, Jacoby began to hone her basketball skillset. Eventually, Jacoby’s father would even let her scrimmage with her brother’s AAU team from time to time. With her experience mounting, Jacoby focused her gaze specifically on basketball.

Watching and listening to the game in the shadow of her brother, Jacoby began to hone her basketball skillset. Eventually, Jacoby’s father would even let her scrimmage with her brother’s AAU team from time to time. With her experience mounting, Jacoby focused her gaze specifically on basketball.

AAU would push Jacoby’s level of play to new heights; however, playing her first two years in high school, Jacoby realized her current school would not boost her into playing at the next level. Jacoby then transferred to Amelia Academy where she would make the state championship twice, ultimately winning it her senior year. “Winning the state championship was amazing because that year my brother won it too and he was at my school, so my whole family won a state ring,” said Jacoby.

Emory & Henry College began their pursuit of Jacoby during her junior year of high school. Throughout her decision-making process, E&H was the first place Jacoby visited. “I don’t know why, but Emory & Henry just kind of stuck with me,” said Jacoby. After committing in the March of her senior year of high school, a new journey unfolded.

From an athletic standpoint, Jacoby’s first-year year did not go as many wanted it to. In trying to decide whether she should stay at E&H, Jacoby stuck it out another year. As a sophomore, Jacoby was introduced to a new head coach, Anne Crutchfield. “She just completely turned our program around that year,” Jacoby said. That year, the Wasps made it to Salem under Crutchfield and lost in the semi-finals.

Junior year the Wasps made it to Salem again, but lost in the semi-finals once more. An All-ODAC Second Team selection, Jacoby was selected to the Comfort Inn Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team. She also started all 26 games she played in third on the team with 11.1 points per game. This year, Jacoby is currently averaging 10.5 PPG, with a 37.4 FG %.

As a seasoned leader on the court, Jacoby said “I aim to make noise in the ODAC tournament this year and with the team,” and background that she has, her goals are not far out of reach.

– Andrew Davis

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s