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‘Military brat’ Canady needs 37 points to hit 1,000 for JCC

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Jasmine Canady lay on the sidelines at halftime of last Saturday’s game, being tended to by athletic trainers at Onondaga Community College for feeling light-headed.

The Jefferson Community College shooting guard eventually ate a Snickers bar and three packages of skittles to get her blood sugar up, took the court for the second half and finished with a game-high 34 points.

It was testament to Canady’s ability to adapt, a quality she credits for her highly successful two-year career with the Cannoneers that she’ll likely finish as the second-leading scorer in JCC women’s basketball history.

“Her best attribute doesn’t have anything to do with basketball, it’s the head she has on her shoulders,” JCC coach Josh Woodward said.

“She’s an absolute competitor but there’s never any point in time where she’s not in control of the way she’s going about things. She can play, obviously she can play. But the head on her shoulders as she goes about things is just phenomenal.”

Canady, a self-described “military brat,” will enter the season’s final three games with 963 career points. She is on pace to be just the second player in program history to eclipse 1,000, joining Jen Podvin who finished with 1,245 from 1991-93.

Through 48 career games, Canady’s scoring average (21.1) is the highest of any player in program history, according to Woodward.

She has also posted career averages of six rebounds, five assists and four steals per game.

“I can’t just say it’s on me because the way I play is around my teammates,” Canady said. “I’ve gotten good passes and a lot of good looks at the basket.”

This year, Canady has lifted the Cannoneers to a 16-4 overall record and 8-2 conference, its highest win total since the 2005-06 season.

Canady was born in Germany and spent most of her childhood in Spring Lake, N.C. There, she played four years of varsity basketball at Overhills High School along with AAU in the offseason.

She was pursuing college ball in the state until she learned midway through her senior year that her dad would be stationed at Fort Drum.

“I did have plans to play somewhere in North Carolina but I decided to move up here with my dad,” Canady said. “I wasn’t going to play basketball until coach Woodward e-mailed my coach in North Carolina.”

Woodward said he was scanning through a college recruiting database prior to last season called NCSA when Canady’s name stood out because she was one of the only players listed outside of New York.

Canady said her family lived in Watertown for a brief period between Germany and North Carolina but left when she was in third grade.

So Canady made the move and as a freshman last year, averaged 19 points and four assists a game, earning the nod of a Mid-State Athletic Conference first team all-star.

“I’ve adapted to it very well,” Canady said. “I can change for different areas and environments and my surroundings, so I got used to it.”

Canady has been especially hot in the last three weeks. Her 34 points on Saturday was a season high and she is averaging 28 points over her last five. On Feb. 4, she was named the Mid-State and NJCAA Region 3 Player of the Week.

“I think my game has changed, but at the same time, we have a better team,” Canady said. “So I think my teammates have a lot to do with that this year and helping me score more.”

Woodward added: “She’s got a lot less to carry (this year). I don’t think it’s that she’s that much better in any of the areas, I think she’s just got a lot less to handle and she can just play to the level she’s capable of.”

Canady said she plans to move back to North Carolina after the spring semester.

Woodward added that she has a handful of Division 2 and Division 3 schools interested in her in that area and she will make a decision over the next month or so.

SCORING FRENZY

Tonight’s men’s basketball game between Clarkson and Hobart will feature six of the top 12 scorers in the Liberty League.

Richie Bonney of Hobart is second in the conference with 19.9 points per game, and teammates Connor Rehbaum (15.2) and Joe Gibbons (14.7) rank ninth and 10th, respectively.

For Clarkson, John Coleman (19) is third, Marques Charlton (17.9) is ninth and Felix Abongo (14.1) is 12th.

PLAY 4KAY

The Potsdam women’s basketball team will wear pink jerseys tonight for its Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Play 4Kay Pink Game.

The national event is to raise money and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer fund, which is committed to scientific research in preventing women’s cancers.

The initiative has raised $2.8 million since 2007.

Sportswriter Josh St.Croix can be reached at jstcroix@wdt.net

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