SOUTHINGTON - Janette Wadolowski’s high school basketball career is coming to an end, but before it does, she is making sure she ends up on top, if not with a title, then in the Southington record books.
“She started [Monday] night in sixth place on the all-time scoring list,” Southington head coach Mike Forgione said. “She needed 21 points to get to third, with a bunch of people in the middle. One of our mini goals [in that game against Northwest Catholic] was to try to get her past that 21-point plateau and she ended up with 25.”
And as of right now, the Blue Knights in front of Wadolowski on the scorers’ list include Val DePaolo (1,333) and Ashley Borofsky (1,203). Southington’s All-State forward currently has 1,140 points.
What was even more impressive is the fact that Wadolowski accomplished over 1,000 points in less than three full seasons. Wadolowski missed all of her freshman year with an ACL injury and nine games of her junior year to a broken wrist.
“I worked so hard to get where I am,” Wadolowski said. “I was out my freshman year and I missed a little more than half of last year, so just to reach 1,000 points in not even two years is crazy.”
She finished with 446 points in her sophomore year, 239 points in her junior year, and currently has 455 points to date this season.
“Playing our schedule and getting to the 1,000 point mark in really two seasons is quite an accomplishment,” Forgione said. “The one thing I always talk about with her is she never lost her love of the game. She never lost her willingness to keep working even when she had those setbacks and she’s just been a great leader for us.”
Wadolowski has her eyes on the No. 1 spot.
With the regular season now over, she now has the CCC Tournament and the Class LL Tournament to do so.
But Wadolowski had plenty of extra motivation. She’s seen it first hand, particularly last season.
Former teammate Maggie Meehan finished her career with 1,118 points, making it back-to-back years Southington has had a player reach the 1,000-point milestone.
“Having Maggie and now Janette has just been a thrill for me,” Forgione said. “Maggie is an outstanding student and she’s playing a lot of minutes at Williams College, which is a very nationally ranked Division III program.”
And the exciting thing for Forgione and the program is Meehan and Wadolowski will have the opportunity to meet on the court once again after the Blue Knights’ current season concludes.
Wadolowski has fully committed to Tufts University in Medford, Mass., where she will continue her basketball career.
“I was getting recruited by some schools and I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up,” Wadolowski said. “I wanted to do something in the medical field and I know Tufts has a great medical program and they have an amazing basketball team so I knew it was the right school for me.”
Tufts and Williams College, where Meehan is currently the team’s sixth man, both have top women’s basketball programs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
“Janette and Maggie will be battling it out against each other,” Forgione said. “If you want to have great examples of student athletes, role models, I think I’ve had two back-to-back that you couldn't ask for any better.”
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