Thunder Mountain sophomore forward Jonelle Staveland’s 3-point shooting has helped the Falcon girls earn their first two wins in school history this season.
Staveland, in her second year playing basketball for TMHS, leads the team in scoring with 17.3 points per game at this early point in the season and has already set a school record with seven 3-pointers in a single game. She attributes the team’s clear improvement from last season, during which the Falcons didn’t win a game, to their ability to play better as a team.
“We’re working together,” she said. “We communicate a lot on the court.”
Staveland said she has aspirations of playing basketball at the college level as well as becoming a cook.
Do you play any other sports besides basketball?
“I play softball and volleyball in high school and I play soccer separately, in a league.”
Why is it important to you to stay busy with multiple sports?
“I really like staying active and I love to play sports. I’ve played sports my whole life. It also helps me stay on top of my schoolwork and keeps me from letting my grades slip. My teachers are very flexible with giving you work when you’re gone on school trips, so it’s not that hard.”
How do you like to spend your free time when you’re not playing sports?
“I like to hang out with my friends and I like to draw. I draw pictures of animals and nature mostly. I just do it for fun. I took a lot of art classes when I was younger, so I’ve always liked it. Also, when I have time, I like to cook. Cooking Mexican food is probably my favorite.”
What are your academic interests?
“American History and Content Cuisine are my favorite classes. I like studying the Civil War and I think it’s very interesting that most history repeats itself. I like cooking food in Content Cuisine. It’s made me want to be a cook.”
What has been your favorite part about playing basketball at TMHS?
“My coach. I really like the way she coaches. I like her a lot and she’s taught me a lot in the last two years that I’ve been here.”
What do you attribute your personal scoring success to this season?
“I’m shooting with more confidence. Last year, I was afraid to shoot the ball a lot, and this year I’m more confident in my shot.”