Jessica Sewell, Glen Burnie, basketball

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February 14, 2007|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,Sun Reporter

Jessica Sewell has sparked Glen Burnie to a turnaround season, leading the Gophers in scoring and rebounds. The 6-foot-1 senior is a team captain after being "very quiet and stepping outside her shell after her sophomore season," coach Dan Mangum said. The Gophers have gone from 7-16 last season to 10-10 through last week. Sewell has played only three years of organized basketball. Softball is her best sport and the one she hopes to play in college; she plays first base.

What turned things around this basketball season?

Attitude, mainly. We had some major attitudes last season, but this year, everybody loves everybody and we are one big family. I've loved every second of this season and wish I was a sophomore or junior again.

What's been the highlight of the season so far?

Hanging out with my teammates, being with the team in the locker room and getting ready for a game with a prayer and then a cheer. Then we put all of our energy into the game.

How did you get into high school basketball

I played when I was about 5 years old but didn't again until my sophomore year, when I went out for basketball because of all the running and conditioning I felt would help me in softball. Coach Mangum told me I had the tools to be a good player and help the team and encouraged me to stick with it. I'm glad I did.

How is softball shaping up for you?

Great. I played in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase at Kent State University last fall and did well. I was recommended to play on the USA Athletes International Team in Australia for a couple weeks in June.

What about softball in college?

Right now I hope to play at Tallahassee [Fla.] Community College and then go on to play at a four-year university.

What's in the future after college?

I've always been interested in science and math, and I want to become a forensic scientist.

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