EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Freeland's Tori Jankoska was one of the top scorers in the state during her first three years on varsity. This year, her offense was better than ever — but so was her defense.
"Her defense is just phenomenal this year," Freeland coach Tom Zolinski said of Jankoska, a 5-foot-7 senior guard and this year's Associated Press Class B Player of the Year in girls' basketball. "... Her defense has helped her score a lot more, too. She gets a lot of breakaway layups off of her steals."
Still, it is Jankoska's offense that really raises eyebrows.
Hitting NBA-range 3-pointers and getting to the rim with equal dexterity, Jankoska led the state this season with 31.3 points per game. She surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career and became Saginaw County's all-time leading scorer in the process.
"We always practice with two people covering her," Zolinski said. "Her conditioning has been the difference this year.
"And she has shot well, too. Her 2-point percentage is over 60 percent, and she's shot over 50 percent from the floor (overall). Her shot selection has really made a difference this year."
Jankoska also averaged 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 steals, 3.2 assists, and 1.7 blocks this season, her fourth as a varsity starter for the top-ranked Falcons.
A three-time first-team All-State selection, Jankoska was at her best this year against her team's toughest competition. Her top games included 40 points against Midland Bullock Creek, 38 points against Saginaw Valley Lutheran, 34 points against both Goodrich and Frankenmuth and 28 points against Saginaw Nouvel.
"She's been under unbelievable pressure. She's had the spotlight on her the whole year, and she's really done well in the spotlight," Zolinski said of Jankoska, who is headed to play basketball at Michigan State. " ... She's improved every year and really handled the pressure well."