Wounded Knee: Anderson overcomes adversity for senior year

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

April 17, 2007 - For Lady Cats senior Jordan Anderson, the word "adversity" has been something she has dealt with all year long in volleyball and softball.

After suffering an injury to her knee during the volleyball season, Anderson returned after only two games of being out and was named Second Team All-District. In softball, she reinjured the same knee on a play at the plate and has played in a limited role this district season.

"It has been really tough. I have worked hard since my freshman year to get that starting spot in softball and last year didn't go my way because I had someone in front of me," Anderson said. "This year, I thought I had it and then by the grace of God this is how it is supposed to happen.

"God has a plan and God has a will and for me it is to sit on the bench this year and be the team leader. It is really hard knowing I came back in volleyball only after two games of hurting it and haven't been able to come back in softball."

With her role this season, Anderson has been working with catchers freshman Maurie Lewis and sophomore Krista McMahan, and said if she can't play this season, then she relishes the experience what her future will be like in coaching.

"I love helping them out," she said. "I love teaching both Maurie and Krista and that is why I want to go into coaching. I love being able to interact with everyone and I love how they have grown this year."

With Anderson playing in only 15 of the team's 29 games this season, she said her bond with classmates Tarra Morton and Kristen McDonald has made the season easier for her.

"It means the world to me. I grew up with Tarra more than I did with Kristen because of softball and they are like sisters to me," Anderson said. "They are like a third of me and they are honestly my rock right now. They know that I have been through this since my sophomore year and that this is tough on me.

"They are there for me to keep me up and stay laughing. Kristen makes wise cracks to me while I am on the bench and says, 'Keep on, keep on going. It's OK.' Tarra is one of my best friends and it is always great to have two people that are so close to me on a team besides the other girls on the team."

The Lady Cats are currently in a tie for third place with Lindale - which they defeated 3-2 last Friday night - with a 5-4 district record. If the Lady Cats can defeat Paris on Friday and Lindale can defeat Texas High, then both teams will have to have a playoff to decide the third place team.

Sulphur Springs could find itself in a three-way tie for second as Mount Pleasant plays North Lamar for at least a share of the district title Friday night. If North Lamar loses, then the Pantherettes, Lindale and SSHS will be tied at 6-4 with a Lindale win and a Sulphur Springs win.

"It is tough but the real Lady Cats have to come out and play like Coach Carrillo says every week," she said. "He wants to know which team is going to show up. How bad do we want this right now? I think we want it bad enough to get a playoff spot, and we will do that."

If the season ends for the Lady Cats on Friday, the team will have surpassed their overall and district win total from last year in which they finished 9-14-1 and 3-7 in district.

Anderson is the daughter of Kevin and Suzie Anderson and plans on attending Stephen F. Austin State University to become a coach.

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