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Freshman Phenom

Jennifer Worden is a big part of the Green Wave Girl's success and ....she's a freshman!

Jennifer Worden

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Jennifer Worden

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From playing for the Holy Family “Angels” to being a part of the Bay State Magic, freshman phenomenon Jennifer Worden always stands out. Fans are astounded and excited by her amazing plays and incredible shots.  People are starting to think that she will be the next player to reach the 1,000 point mark by her senior year, following in the footsteps of Amanda Hawkesworth (Class of 2013).  Even though she’s new to the Abington school system, Worden has high expectations for herself.  She maintains a confident and positive attitude, knowing she can achieve her goals.

While growing up, Worden was surrounded by basketball. Many family members, including her father, played basketball. She started young playing many hours with the Abington Youth Basketball Association (AYBA).  Encouraged by her father, Worden played with them until fifth grade and then moved on to more competitive teams. “My dad has been an assistant coach for every one of my basketball teams besides the Abington varsity team. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him on my other teams because he encouraged me and pushed me to do things I never thought I could,” said Worden.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without (my Dad) … he encouraged me and pushed me to do things I never thought I could”

— Jennifer Worden

She attended Holy Family School until transferring to Abington High School her freshman year. While at Holy Family, she played for their Angels team.  Worden also played for the Bay State Magic, a competitive Amateur Athletic Union team.

“My dad and all my cousins played,” said Worden when asked what inspired her to play basketball. She says her favorite team to play for so far has been the Abington Varsity team. “They are a great team, and I’ve enjoyed making new friends this year,” said Worden.

In just her first year with the team, Worden is already the starting point guard.  Other teams have heard how good she is and know to watch out. Under the direction of Coach Steve Moore, and with many other players including Samantha Thompson, Maura Hurley, Hanna Rogers, Erin Foley, Molly Ferguson and Brianna Donovan stepping their game up too, the Abington Varsity team is having a strong season and seems ready to win the South Shore League title and make a great playoff run.

Worden shared a few facts about herself and her love for the game. She desires to play college basketball after high school. Her favorite basketball shoe is her Nike “Kobes.” Worden is fond of watching the NBA. Her favorite team is the Celtics and her favorite player is Rajon Rondo. If she could spend one day with a famous person she would choose Michael Jordan. Worden`s lucky or favorite number to play with is No. 15 (her number on the Abington team.) And, her role model is her father.

Although it may seem like her life is filled with basketball Worden also plays Varsity Soccer and plans on trying out for the track team this spring. She loves pasta and her favorite subject is math. Worden says her life goal is to play pro basketball. With her dedication, skill, and the drive she gets from her family and role models, there is no doubt she will make her dreams come true.

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