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Jadovich proving to be as good as advertised for Falcons girls basketball squad.

POSTED February 02, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Caroline Jadovich, a junior transfer from the Miss Porter School, is proving to be a tremendous offensive threat in the NCCC. Jadovich uses good old fashioned hard work to improve her skills on a daily basis.

AVON-When you talk about great offensive players who have played for the Avon Falcons girls basketball team during the Frank Waters era, the list is long and impressive.

Lindsay Horbatuck, from the Class M State Championship team of 2008, was easily one of the best ever to play at Avon and continues to pound the boards for Bucknell University as we speak.

Who could forget Karen Bachman and her amazing time on the Falcons team.

Bachman went on to play college ball for the New York University Violets where she led her team in rebounds during the 2005/2006 season.

Katie Keefe ranked third on coach Waters top three list and went on to play for the Friars at Providence College in Rhode Island.

A quality group indeed. All three were 1000 point scorers in their careers at Avon.

To be included in that group would take one special, gifted player and this year, a transfer student just might have a chance at joining that elite group.

Caroline Jadovich, who transferred from the Miss Porters School after her sophomore year, is lighting up the North Central Connecticut Conference for the Falcons this season and the eyes of a coach who has seen some great players on the hardwood during his time on the sidelines at Avon.

“Caroline has a chance to join those great players,” Waters said, “Her offensive skill sets may just be the best I have ever seen.”

Hefty praise indeed, but it’s hard to argue when you look at the stats so far this season and understanding that teams focus on stopping Jadovich night in and night out.

Avon, (12-1 NCCC and 14-2 overall) came into the 2010-2011 campaign excited about their prospects but unsure about just who would get things done on the offensive end but discovered quickly that Jadovich could shoulder the load on offense.

Jadovich cracked the 20 point mark in four of her first five games and exploded for 35 against Suffield.

In the Suffield game, she tied a school record with 7, 3-pointers in a 7 for 12 shooting effort beyond the arch.

Her shot is smooth, her routine consistent, something that starts each day with a warm up regiment started years ago.

“I have been doing form drills since the days when I first started playing AAU ball,” Jadovich said, “It really helps me focus and prepare for the game or practice.”

It consists of simple things that start right under the basket with lay ups from either side, with either hand, a Jadovich specialty.

“One of the things that makes Caroline so special is her ability to use either hand at any time around the basket,” Waters said, “She also possesses a tremendous work ethic and it show up each night.”

The drill continues from the baseline to the three-point line, setting the stage for another day of work on the hardwood for Jadovich.

Each night, opposing teams hound the junior relentlessly, making Jadovich work for every open look she gets.

Some players fade when faced with that kind of pressure; a player like Jadovich gets motivated by it.

“I know I have to work hard to get open,” Jadovich said, “Teams have been doing that to me for years. I work off screens my teammates get for me, they do a great job helping me get looks.”

In a world of multi-sport high school athletes, Jadovich is somewhat of a throw-back.

It’s all basketball all the time, something her coach appreciates.

“Caroline is totally committed to becoming a better basketball player,” Waters said, “She is a wonderful kid who is a pleasure to coach.”

Jadovich comes early to practice, working in the old gym at the school until the team practice begins.

Hard work and dedication; it’s been a winning combination for many a Falcon girls basketball player and Jadovich is doing her best to stand with some pretty select company.

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