An MVP with garlic roots

Notre Dame's Jessica Ross (33) drives past Gilroy's Marissa

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– Gilroy’s Jessica Ross has earned a second-straight Most
Valuable Player award for her play in the Tri-County Athletic
League this season with Notre Dame.
Hollister – Gilroy’s Jessica Ross has earned a second-straight Most Valuable Player award for her play in the Tri-County Athletic League this season with Notre Dame.

Ross, who will be playing Division I ball at Pepperdine following graduation, averaged 18 points per game over the course of the TCAL season, far more than any other player in the league.

The Spirits have posted a record of 30-0 in the league since Ross’ sophomore season with the team and a lot of that success has had to do with Ross and her ability to score seemingly at will. She can hit from the outside, she handles the ball well and can drive to the lane for a bucket as easily as she can pass it off to a teammate while she’s on the run.

“I think that the great thing about Jessica is that she makes her teammates better,” said Gilroy High head coach Kari Williams, who has coached against the Ross-led Spirits for the last three years in TCAL play. “They come in with a certain skill level and she makes everyone a bit better. If you concentrate too much on her, you’re leaving someone else open who can step up. She’s a real leader on the court too. She just takes control of the court and lets everyone know exactly where they need to be.”

Ross showed a lot of flexibility this season with Notre Dame as she was required to play a variety of different positions. From the point guard spot to the two guard position, Ross shined no matter where she found herself.

“I wish her all the best at Pepperdine,” Williams said. “It’s a Division I school and I think that we should be proud of all of our TCAL athletes that go on to play any college sport. Only a handful of kids get these kinds of scholarships.”

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