TULALIP — Three’s the charm for Tulalip senior Adiyah Jones.
Jones dominates the post position for the Tulalip Heritage girls basketball team, which is reaping the benefit of an 11-0 season with her presence.
She scored 22 points as a game-high in the Hawks 63-10 win against Orcas Christian Jan. 11. As a result she is the Marysville Globe-Arlington Times Athlete of the Week.
“The main thing with these games is knowing how do we get better,” Jones said.
She stands five-foot-11 and takes full advantage of her height and post moves under the rim. She averages 25 points a game and 15 rebounds.
“She’s a really good offensive player,” coach Bubba Fryberg said. “You better put two girls on her, if you want to guard her.”
But she’s a great passer as well and will find an open girl if that happens, Fryberg added.
She is such a good player that coaches actually gear up and push her in practice, Fryberg said.
“Since I started, I knew I was going to be a post player,” Jones said.
Outside of her post skills, she wants to get faster, and improve her shooting and dribbling. Her goal is to take the team to state.
Jones was a cheerleader up until she entered Totem Middle School as a sixth-grader. She tried out for basketball, but her passion for it wouldn’t start until she was cut, and cut again until finally making the eighth-grade team.
“I wanted to show the coach that I can play basketball,” she said.
Jones said after her initial cut, she started attending more basketball games and practiced her skills in the post practicing, one-on-one with her dad and at the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club.
“All the hard work she’s putting in has come out,” Fryberg said.
Last season, Tulalip only won two games, and that was because Adiyah and her sister, Aliyah, moved to La Conner with their parents.
Fryberg is happy to have them back.
Jones wants to continue basketball at Edmonds or Everett community college, eventually transferring to a four-year school. She wants to become a drug-and-alcohol dependency counselor.
“She’s up to any challenge you throw at her,” Fryberg said.