For Calhoun's Edison, basketball is in her blood

Taylor Mitchell By Taylor Mitchell

Dec. 25, 2012 at 6:25 a.m.

Calhoun's Jordan Edison jostles with a West defender for a rebound on Friday.

Calhoun's Jordan Edison jostles with a West defender for a rebound on Friday.   Frank Tilley for The Victoria Advocate

On Friday night, Jordan Edison got called for her fourth foul early in the fourth quarter, but all she could see was a basketball coming at her face.

Despite putting herself one foul away from watching the rest of her teammates close out Victoria West for a 51-39 victory and having the ball tossed in her face, Edison kept quiet.

All she did was give a quick smile toward her bench and kept running down court.

"For me it's not hard to be quiet, because I was taught sportsmanship," Edison said. "I don't say much during the game to the other players."

Edison eventually fouled out of the game, which is something she doesn't do much even though she is an aggressive defensive force for the Sandies. Her primary job is to get rebounds, which she has done a lot of this season.

So far this season, Edison has grabbed 127 rebounds, 78 of which have come on the defensive end of the court, in addition to her 28 steals and 11 blocks. She averages 9.1 rebounds per game to go along with her 7.4 points per game.

"On the court she's a very aggressive defensive player," said Calhoun coach Dana Williams said. "Defensively, she'll pull those rebounds down for you. It's her aggressiveness, her size and her height. She can jump pretty high, too."

Williams is in her first year at the helm of the Sandies, but she knew instantly that Edison was going to be a defensive force in Calhoun's 3-2 zone defense.

"I knew I could utilize her on defense," Williams said. "We've been working this whole season on jumping and rebounding, blocking out. She knows that's her role. She knows we have to get the rebounds."

That's exactly what she has done, too, helping the Sandies to a 14-7 overall record, which includes some close finishes.

In a 48-42 over Bay City earlier in the season, Edison pulled down 14 rebounds (10 on defense) and also turned in her best offensive performance of the year with a team-high 10 points.

"My thing is defense," Edison said. "I get a lot of rebounds and play good defense. I lead the team and encourage them when they need it."

Williams is still working with Edison on the offensive portion of the game.

However, she's not without the ability to get by defenders, which she showed against the Warriors when she faked left and went right for an easy lay up.

"We're getting her more confidence in taking her shots," Williams said.

Edison has struggled on offense as she recovers from a shoulder injury that required surgery

"I had surgery on my right shoulder and my shot was messed up," Edison explained. "I went ice skating and it got dislocated. Everything was dislocated and I decided to get it fixed."

It shouldn't be surprise that Edison is starring on the court because basketball is in her genes. Her mother was a college basketball player and taught her the basics of the game.

"I've been playing ever since I could first sign up at the YMCA," Edison said. She taught me how to shoot and dribble; you know, the basics of the game."

Now, Edison has grown into the type of basketball player that could play at the next level. However, she's just as good on the volleyball court.

"If she wants too, she can keep playing basketball, but she's also a great volleyball player," Williams said. "She can choose either one to play in college."

That's a good problem to have as a junior.



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