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Buena rebounder extraordinaire has picked up positioning tips from ‘family’

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SIERRA VISTA — No matter where Jaslyn Booker goes after she graduates from Buena High School, her name is etched in school’s history.

The junior broke the school’s girls basketball rebounding record last season when she pulled down 301 rebounds last season. The previous record was 299.

“That was kind of cool,” Booker said. “I didn’t realize, like, I’d gotten that many.”

Though the current season is in its infancy, the forward has picked off where she left off last season. According to MaxPreps.com, Booker has 28 rebounds in the Lady Colts’ four games thus far. She is one of the team’s top scorers, averaging just over 12 points per game.

“(What’s going through my mind on the court) is just to do my job for my teammates and do my best for them,” she said. “My job is to get rebounds and score down low in the paint. It’s (going against taller players) challenging sometimes, but I like to be challenged. ”

The three-year varsity player began her basketball career as an eighth-grader. Booker had played softball for seven years leading up to being persuaded to leave the diamond for the court. She said her father told her to give the game a try.

“It (softball) just wasn’t fun anymore so I needed to try something new,” Booker said. “Everyone in my family plays basketball so that’s what we bond over. We’ll go to the gym sometimes, when ever we have free time, (and) we’ll play.”

Come game time her parents and siblings are in the stands at as many contests they can attend. But they aren’t the only family Booker has in the gymnasium. The Buena girls basketball record holder says her teammates are also family.

“I enjoy the sport and my teammates. We all get along so well, like, we have our ups and downs, but it still feels so much like a family,” she said.

The Buena girls play as well as practice year-round, and have played together for the past two years. That has enhanced the group’s chemistry on and off the court.

Booker said her teammates have helped her improve her game because they explain to her where she needs to go and be when she isn’t sure. Booker said her positioning has improved the most over the past three years, which is allowing her to be more successful.

“I enjoy it (playing year-round),” the junior said. “It’s tough, but it’s worth it.”

When Booker is not on the court, she enjoys reading and painting. She also says she spends most of her free time on schoolwork because her academics are important to her.

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