By Laura Fernandez Hernandez
Jacque Law is a senior at Pioneer High School where she plays soccer, basketball and softball as well as being a top 10 student academically.
This is Law’s fourth season of varsity basketball and in the first three years the team has won the ECIC Division III title twice and the Section VI Class A-2 title all three years. Law has scored 572 points in her three years and she is also one of the top defenders and rebounders on her team.
“Jacque is our only captain this year and she is a true leader,” said Pioneer coach Bill Connelly. “She is a tremendous athlete and better person.”
Law made the all-ECIC team and also was a third-team All-Western New York selection last year as a junior.
Despite being one of the top basketball players in Western New York, Law tries not to see herself as a standout player.
“That just draws more attention towards me,” said Law.
She said that the keys for her success are her love of basketball, her solid work ethic on and off the court, and having confidence in herself.
“I am very vocal person on the court which allows my teammates to be on the same page as me,” said Law, who is a very aggressive player. “I try to make my presence known from the start and if I can get to the free-throw line and sink a few shots, I know I can have a good game.”
Coach Connelly lists her strengths as driving to the basket and drawing fouls.
“When Jacque is composed on the court,” said Connelly, “it’s very hard for the opposing team to stop her.”
During her offseason she played basketball and soccer.
“I had to balance out my time wisely between the two,” said Law.
She participated in a summer league with her school team, Pioneer, in Hamburg.
“We improved throughout the summer, which made the upcoming season look promising,” said Law.
She says that during her time off, she works out to stay in shape and watches film to learn how to improve her game.
Connelly’s team lost four seniors last season. Law acknowledges that is a rough loss for the team but that only motivates her for the upcoming season and gives her the opportunity to step up and lead the team to the best of her ability. She is looking to score over 300 points this season and to convert over 75 percent from the free-throw line. Her expectations for the team are becoming a very cohesive unit on the court.
“When you have a team like that it makes the game so much fun and it provides an excellent display of the game of basketball,” said Law.
Being an important component of three different teams can be stressful.
“At certain times, playing so many sports is stressful because they sometimes overlap,” Law said. “It is also stressful when I have a lot of schoolwork and I have to balance my time between the two.”
However, she does not neglect her studies and manages to keep an academic average of over 96.
Law is undecided about where she wants to attend to school. However, she is interested in Thiel College in Greenville, Pa.; St. John Fisher College in Rochester; Houghton College; and Le Moyne College in Syracuse. She has also been offered a position on the Houghton team and received a merit scholarship from Thiel for $11,500 per year.
Law is hopeful of reaching the 1,000-point mark by the end of the season. “It would be awesome to achieve that goal in my senior year.”