Varsity Basketball

Molina gives South a foundation

South junior Jessa Molina doesn't have a problem standing out on the basketball court. The 6-foot-1 forward is a vocal leader in directing teammates.

She has a good mid-range jump shot, touch around the basket and a knack for getting to the free-throw line. Molina has taken 110 foul shots and made 81 percent. Molina is second in the City League with a 16.5-point average.

"We try to get her some touches," South coach Ryan Becker said. "She's proven game in and game out in the City League that she can play with anybody. She makes it easier for us to do things because everyone has to focus on her first, and it gives other kids opportunities to make plays after she touches the ball."

Molina credits a lot of her success to help from Sean Winters, her summer coach.

"It gives me more experience and more knowledge of the game when I play year-round," Molina said. "I think it makes me a more committed player."

South has one senior, and most of the juniors and sophomores don't have the same experience as Molina, but the team (3-7) is getting better heading into its 2 p.m. game today against Medicine Lodge in the Pratt tournament.

"The only thing I'm worried about is playing Medicine Lodge," Becker said. "Do we have a team that can do something next year? I don't know. I'm trying to get these players focused on the game at hand."