There is every indication Jenna Ehlers’ best basketball is yet to come.
The Solanco senior basketball player flourished down the stretch of her final high school season and should benefit from a new position at the next level.
Ehlers recently signed a letter of intent to continue her education and athletic career at Howard Community College beginning this fall.
Howard CC is a JUCO school located in Columbia, Md., between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
"We are so excited to have Jenna joining our family and program," Howard coach Eryn Withers said. "Jenna is such a great young woman with a great attitude and work ethic. Her ability to stretch the defense with that beautiful jump shot will really open up the floor for us offensively. Her energy and effort on the defensive end will fit right in to what our calling card is, which is defense. Jenna is very coachable and mature and will be a great teammate. She has such a bubbly and beautiful personality which really makes her a joy to be around. We are looking forward to helping her continue to develop and add to her game as well as prepare her for her next journey after us."
As one of the taller players on the team, Ehlers spent much of her Solanco career in the post, doing a good job on the boards, and also excelling when she had an opportunity to demonstrate her three-point shooting ability on the wing.
In her senior season, Ehlers led the Mules with 12.4 points per game and a total of 201 rebounds and 20 blocks.
“Jenna came in and worked really hard in the offseason,” said Jeff McCardell, who coached Ehlers on the JV and varsity. “This past year she played on two travel teams, trying to get better. She has improved. This year, I think she really came into her own the second half of the season. Unfortunately she had an injury which took some time away. Other than that, the second half, the second two-thirds maybe, was her time to shine and she did.”
McCardell believes Ehlers will have a chance to display her shooting skills at Howard. “She played a lot for us in the post,” he said. “Down there, I see her more as a shooting forward and shooting the three.”
Ehlers was embraced by family and the Solanco community when she moved from Gap to the area as a freshman and expects to be treated similarly at Howard.
“I feel like they are beneficial for me,” Ehlers said. “They really welcomed me. They were kind. They showed compassion on my home situation. They are really supportive and I know that will benefit me.”
She is eager to tackle a new challenge. “I feel like I’m going to adjust well,” said Ehlers. “I’m really excited to see what other positions I can play. “
Ehlers’ goal is to graduate from Howard then transfer to a Division I school and major in agribusiness.
She is grateful for the support shown by Solanco coaches Chad McDowell and McCardell, AAU coach LaTonya Hardy, her grandparents Lisa and Joe Campbell and Jacque and Joe Foultz, who she refers to as her parents.
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