Ligonier Valley junior Jones uses experience to drive basketball team
TribLIVE Sports Videos
No one in sports loves to lose. This is no different for junior forward Jordan Jones, who does his all to not let down his team.
Jones, who is averaging 16.2 points, has led a young Ligonier Valley boys basketball team to a 4-6 record overall and 3-2 in Heritage Conference play.
The Rams have won three of the last four games, and Jones recorded a 22-point, 20-rebound effort in a 64-26 win over Penns Manor earlier this month.
“I try to do my best every game. If those are the numbers at the end of game, those are number at the end of the game,” Jones said. “But what is more important is that it's a win and not a loss.”
Rams coach Todd Hepner understands Jones always shows up in the box score, but he said the Rams don't just consist of one player.
“He's a big part of the team and a workhorse inside,” Hepner said.
“He has a great attitude and is a real nice team player. He's a big part of our team, but we aren't just about one player. We are a team.”
Jones' personal drive to do his all and help will his team to victory has been noted by coaches and teammates.
“He's a very coachable kid,” Hepner said. “He's a workhorse, and at times he over-tries sometimes. I tell him to just play the game and to not think too much but just react. Now he's coming around as a player, and we are very pleased with him.”
When his team isn't able to come out on top in a particular game, Jones immediately points the finger at himself.
“I guess it comes from me playing sports and trying to do my best,” Jones said. “When we lose, I feel like I have under-achieved. I want to give it my all and help my team do better, but I know we will do better next time.”
Jones' biggest scoring output occurred when he scored 24 points in a 60-48 loss to Shanksville Stonycreek on Dec. 7.
Ten days later, Jones scored 23 points in a 74-51 win over Northern Cambria.
“The coaches are doing a great job of giving the instructions to us,” Jones said. “We aren't doing anything wrong. With the lack of experience, the coaches are making up for that.”
Being one of the more experienced players on the team, Jones has been making sure the underclassmen continue to stay positive as the playoffs are still possible for the Rams.
“I'm just trying to pretty much tell them anything can happen. Anyone can make a run in the conference,” Jones said. “Last year, Northern Cambria came from A to AA and made the playoffs. Anything can happen. We just need to string a couple wins together because there is still time.”
Jones understands the team is very inexperienced but still believes the season can be turned around.
“I think we are going to continue growing and getting better as a team,” Jones said. “The coaches are doing a good job in helping us grow, and I think it's going to turn out to be good season.”
Andrew John is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Class AAAA boys basketball preview: After 1st playoff win since 2003, Hempfield boys hope to advance in postseason
- Thomas Jefferson girls bring hard-nosed play, intangibles to the court
- Wildcats return their core
- Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team has high expectations
- Kittanning boys basketball shoots for 4th straight playoff trip in program’s final season
- After struggling in Class AA, Serra boys basketball welcomes move down in classification
- High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton named conference dual-award winner
- Kiski Area boys ready for encore
- Mt. Pleasant girls basketball coach eager to start season with versatile team
- Class AAAA girls basketball preview: Penn-Trafford welcomes doubters as it begins WPIAL title defense
- Deer Lakes boys move into tough Class AAA section