PHS junior Jazlynne Medrano recognized Friday for feat
The 1,000-point milestone is one few high school basketball players accomplish, especially before their senior year, but don’t tell that to Jazlynne Medrano.
The Porterville High School junior hit, then surpassed, the career 1,000-point milestone on Jan. 10 in an East Yosemite League game at Tulare Union. On Friday at Bill Sharman Gymnasium, Medrano was recognized for her accomplishment after knocking down a 3-pointer for the first score of the Panthers’ EYL game against the Tigers of Delano (4-19, 1-8 EYL).
Standing at midcourt with her parents, Paul and Olga Medrano, PHS head coach Dave Kavern presented the three-year varsity starter with a 1,000-point basketball to commemorate the achievement.
“Time flies doesn’t it,” Kavern said after the game. “I’ve had her for three years and you’ve seen the growth and improvement from her freshman year. Decision making, maturity, strength. Her shot now is a lot more consistent then it was her freshman year. It’s a testament to her and her hardwork that she’s accomplished this tremendous goal.”
During her presentation, Jazlynne’s other accomplishments were announced and among those was her part in taking the Panthers to the CIF State Division V playoffs last season, where the team won the program’s first-ever state playoff game. For her play last year, she was also selected The Recorder’s 2017-18 Orange Belt Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Outside of being selected Player of the Year, there was one other personal accomplishment Jazlynne said she had wanted to accomplish — eclipsing 1,000 points. After dropping a game-high 26 points in Porterville’s 61-22 rout of Delano, Jazlynne now sits at 1,114 career points.
“It felt like a really good accomplishment,” Jazlynne said. “I know I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. I’m glad that I have the teammates that I have. Very passive, we’re good. Altogether we’re good. We blend together and I’m just glad to be playing with them.”
Jazlynne’s commitment to her team and basketball were two things that made her stand out as last season’s Player of the Year. Her mom, Olga, said Jazlynne is constantly working on her game, trying to improve, and she is very proud to have witnessed her daughter’s success.
“It’s just an honor to be her mom and to see her succeed and just do so good knowing that she loves the sport,” Olga said. “Just love to see her passion for the game. Just to watch her is awesome.”
Porterville (24-4, 9-0 EYL) had already captured a share of the EYL title but they won it outright with their win over Delano. They’ll host rival Monache (15-10, 6-2 EYL) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for Senior Night. It’ll be the team’s final game before heading to the CIF Central Section Div. IV playoffs where MaxPreps.com has the Panthers ranked third in the division.
For Jazlynne, who always puts her team first, reaching the personal milestone of 1,000 points was nice but she’s ready to take her team to Valley as well.
“I wanted to accomplish my 1,000 points this season,” Jazlynne said. “But of course going to Selland [Arena in Fresno for Valley] is one of my goals.”