Jenni Davis, a senior at Cardington-Lincoln High School, has signed a letter of intent to further her education and continue her basketball career at Mount Vernon Nazarene College.
Davis, a 5-foot-6 point guard from Cardington, Ohio, led the Pirates to a 16-8 record this past season as she averaged 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.9 steals per game. She connected on 51.3 percent of her field goal attempts (116-of-226), 37.1 percent of her three-point attempts (23-of-62), and 70.2 percent of her free throw attempts (113-of-161).
Davis, who was a three-time First Team All-Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and District 11 selection, was named the District 11 Player of the Year and a Division IV Second Team All-Ohioan following her senior season. She became Cardington’s all-time scoring leader as she finished her career with 1,231 points, and she was the Most Valuable Player of the Mansfield News Journal’s North-South All-Star game.
"Jenni has the potential to be a great player here at MVNC," said Steve Gregory, the Lady Cougars’ head coach. "She has a great work ethic and is fundamentally sound. She is a gifted offensive player who knows how to get to the basket, but when given just a little bit of space she can bury the long-range jumper as well. She is also a very strong defensive player with good court sense."
"I envision Jenni stepping in and seeing time at the point and the shooting guard spots," Gregory added. "I expect her to challenge our current players for some serious playing time in her rookie year. She does a great job of getting the ball to her open teammates and creating shots for them. She is a very unselfish player."
Davis, who is a member of Cardington’s National Honor Society, plans to major in Secondary Education. "I chose to attend MVNC because it has a good basketball program and also an excellent Education program," she said. "The campus is nice, and Mount Vernon is a good community. I really liked the coach and players."
"I am looking forward to getting Jenni into a Lady Cougar uniform next season," said Gregory. "Not only is she a talented player, but she will be a great representative of our college as a solid Christian student-athlete."
MVNC finished the season with a 16-14 overall record. The Lady Cougars also placed fourth at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament for the second straight year.