Jenny Scudder is a ’14 graduate of The Harley School who is currently a junior guard playing women’s basketball for St. Lawrence University. Scudder was a 4-year standout for HAC’s varsity girls basketball team and helped lead the Wolves to their first ever sectional title as a sophomore earning Section V Class C Tournament MVP honors, while leading the Wolves with a 16 point and 13 rebound double-double performance in the championship game. As a senior and captain, Scudder averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game finishing her high school career as an All-Greater Rochester 1st-Team member and also as a selection to play in the Ronald McDonald All-Star game. Currently, Scudder is a Mathematics and Business in the Liberal Arts major who is looking pursue a career in corporate finances or analytics when she graduates. To learn more about Jenny and her HAC experience, read below:
What sports did you play for HAC?
Varsity Girls Basketball, 2011-2014 (4 years)
What is your most memorable HAC experience?
Winning the first women’s basketball sectional championship in HAC history was definitely the most memorable experience for me. Being able to walk into the gym for two years seeing the banner on the wall was a once in a lifetime experience.
How has your HAC basketball experience helped prepare you for college basketball?
It gave me a great foundation to communicate with teammates and coaches. Communication is something that everyone must do be able to do throughout their life, both in and outside of athletics.
What is the biggest difference between high school basketball and college basketball?
The biggest difference between high school and college for me was the pace of the game. At the collegiate level, everyone is taller, stronger and more athletic than most of the girls I played on varsity (in high school). Adapting to the change of the game was a huge obstacle.
What would you tell an HAC athlete who is striving to play basketball at the collegiate-level?
To work hard all the time. From shooting free throws in your driveway, to playing in a sectional finals game, always give 100 percent. The only way you will get better is to practice hard and learn new things. Don’t be afraid of failing. Always try to guard the best player on the other team because playing against good competition is the only way to learn and get better.
In your experience, what is the most important quality an athlete needs for success?
The most important quality an athlete needs for success is perseverance. Even when you have a bad game or miss a shot, it’s important to keep playing hard and continue being a good teammate. Every player has bad games or practices, and the ability to push past those tough experiences and keep striving for success is what makes a difference.
Who was your favorite teacher at The Harley School?
My advisor Kristin Sheradin had a great impact on me throughout my high school career. Her door was always open to chat both about school and my outside life and I felt like she was a big part of my Harley experience.
What motivates you as an athlete? Is there a quote or motto you live by?
“Everything is within walking distance. You just have to be willing to walk.”
I think this quote captures everything about being an athlete. Every athlete has the chance to be great at the sport that they play, but they have to be willing to put the time and effort into perfecting it.
Who are some your sports idols and why?
Skylar Diggins. I first watched her play in person at Syracuse when she was a freshman at Notre Dame. My dad and I immediately noticed how she hustled after every ball and worked hard on every play and (I) knew that she would be an amazing player as she progressed through her career. The next year, she was playing in the National Championship with Notre Dame. Ever since, I have loved watching her play and seen her multiple times playing in the WNBA.
What is one thing you miss about HAC?
The team trips to Wegmans!
“Jenny understood the value of working hard in the offseason – putting in the time to work on her game individually, in open gyms, camps and summer league and AAU basketball. The time and effort she put in off the court helped her to grow as an all-around player and develop the skills to become HAC’s all-time leading scorer.
Jenny was a difficult matchup for any team because of her ability to beat you in the post or on the perimeter with her jump shot. She stretched the floor and opened up driving lanes for her teammates, was a force on the boards and continued to grow as a defensive player throughout her four year varsity career.
As a teammate, Jenny was always positive and engaged in practice. She was motivated to improve as a basketball player and understood that making her teammates better was key to being an all-around player.”
– Jason Hermance, current HAC Varsity Girls Basketball Coach
Jenny Scudder’s HAC Basketball Career Statistics