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Press photo by Nancy ScholzJenna Rogers and the girls are off to a hot start this year and are looking to continue to play well right through the playoffs. Press photo by Nancy ScholzJenna Rogers and the girls are off to a hot start this year and are looking to continue to play well right through the playoffs.

Rogers has developed as key part of girls teams

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Throughout her athletic career, Jenna Rogers always has appreciated the moment. In her senior season, she is cherishing it even more.

Rogers has plenty of reasons to enjoy it. She and her teammates literally have soared off to a fast 9-2 start and are sitting atop the East Penn Conference (EPC).

Relying on their explosive fast-break offense, the K-Kids convincingly beat East Stroudsburg South, 66-31, Jan. 3 and followed with a lopsided, 92-67 triumph over previously unbeaten Pleasant Valley Jan. 5.

“We are playing very well and moving the ball up the court,” said Rogers. “We’re playing well both offensively and defensively. It has been fun out there.”

Rogers has formed an effective trifecta with all-state guard senior Victoria Keenan and sophomore Morgan Sterner, who have been in double figures in nearly every game this season. Sterner recorded 30 points in the victory over Pleasant Valley.

“Teams have been coming after ‘V’ (Keenan) and I,” said Rogers. “We are both used to seeing a lot of double teams. There are plenty of nights when I have girls trying to get physical with me. But it great to have Morgan (Sterner) out there.

“The three of us have really worked well together this season.”

Rogers is closing on the elite 1,000-point career plateau, as she began the week needing 141 points to reach the mark.

It will be one highlight among several for Rogers this season.

“For me, it is just special to be part of a team,” said Rogers. “We are all really supportive of each other and it has been a great four years. It really has gone by quickly and it is hard to believe that my high school career is almost over.

“Hopefully, I can reach 1,000 points. It has been a dream of mine to see my name on the banner. That would be the biggest milestone.”

Head coach Jeff Jacksits has watched Rogers develop into one of the premier players in the Lehigh Valley.

“I think the biggest thing about Jenna would be how far she has come from her freshman year to now,” said Jacksits. “She has evolved into a complete player, one that has gone from primarily a shooter to a player who now has both an inside and outside game. She has also become a better defender and rebounder.

“She is closing in on 1,000 points for her career, which is a testament to her hard work. I believe she still has room to grow and will do so as she helps lead our team toward our goals of league and district championships.”

Rogers has played basketball since kindergarten. She began playing AAU basketball in fifth and sixth grade, and she always has been accustomed in playing in the post.

“I always have worked had in the offseason to get better,” said Rogers. “When I was little, I usually was one of the taller girls.

“But I always felt like basketball was my sport. It was that way since I was younger.”

Rogers attributes her passion for the sport to her mother, Denise, who played at East Stroudsburg South, as well as her father, Spencer. In fact, it is a family affair when she plays East Stroudsburg South as her uncle, Adam Cole, is the coach and cousin Lexi plays on the team.

“My mom pushed me to play when I was little,” said Rogers. “She coached me when I played in the Moore Township Rec League, and both of my parents always have been there for me.”

Rogers plans to continue her basketball career at Bloomsburg University next year where she will pursue a career in nursing. There was an instant attraction to Bloomsburg.

“I always have had an interest in nursing,” said Rogers. “I talked to the coaches and spent some time there. I fell in love with it and to play there will be the cherry on top.”

Rogers also has played field hockey as well as being a member of the student council, DECA business club. Her older sister, Kenley, played when Rogers was a freshman, but she wasn’t on the team the following year.

Overall, Rogers will have a myriad of memories to reflect upon.