SYRACUSE Mountain Crest guard Amanda Jensen is enjoying her senior season so much, she doesn't even mind the rollercoaster that's also known as the preseason.
That's because two weeks before the state tournament last season she tore her ACL.
"I watched my team make it to the final four from the bench," she said after Mountain Crest defeated Syracuse 58-35. "That was really hard."
She said she tried to help her team emotionally, and despite the pain of watching her teammates play without her, she wouldn't have missed the Mustangs' postseason run for the world.
"That didn't even cross my mind," she said shaking her head. "No way. That would have killed me sitting at home wondering how they were doing. I was going to be with my team no matter what."
That's why she is leaving nothing to chance in her final prep basketball season.
"I kind of feel like me and my senior teammates set the pace, the tone," said Jensen, who was only cleared to play two weeks before tryouts. "But other than that, it's still just basketball. It's still just the game we all love to play."
Jensen finished with nine points, while senior center Kamille Lisonbee led all scorers with 22 points. Senior guard Shonee Mecham said the nice thing about this year's squad is that all of the players feel a sense of ownership.
"We're trying to find that flow ... but on this team, everyone's got equal share," Mecham said. "Everyone can step in and help, and that makes it easier."
Mountain Crest head coach Amanie Crosbie was pleased with the team's efforts despite a sluggish start.
"We're doing some good things," Crosbie said. "The last couple of games, we've been working out the kinks ...they're progressing each game."
Crosbie said playing a team like Syracuse can be a "dangerous" thing for any squad.
"They have nothing to lose," she said of the program which is playing it's first season.
The Titans were down by 10 at half-time, but couldn't stop the Mustangs in the second half.
"We played a good first half," Syracuse head coach Rob Reisbeck said. "Our shots just weren't falling."Syracuse was led by Jennifer Hazlett, who scored 12 points.