Good Counsel’s Jordan Light bridges high school, college careers at Bender


Good Counsel senior Jordan Light is savoring her final high school hoops games. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Good Counsel senior guard Jordan Light, who closes out her high school career this week in the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament, was in the unusual position last week of playing her final WCAC games in the venue that she will call home in college, American University’s Bender Arena.

“Coach [Tom] Splaine reminded me before the championship game that I was finishing off one chapter at Good Counsel on that court and starting my next chapter,” Light said. “I thought it was kind of cool. It didn’t seem real almost. My senior year is over so it’s kind of hard to let it sink in that my time at Good Counsel is done.”

Not quite yet. At the eight-team BWGIT, in Cumberland, Md., from Thursday through Saturday, No. 4 Good Counsel is paired in the first round with Baltimore school Seton Keough. The Falcons could meet No. 2 Spalding in the semifinals, and, possibly, No. 1 St. John’s in the championship, just like last season, when the Falcons topped St. John’s in the WCAC final but lost to the Cadets in the BWGIT championship.

Light has hit a team-high 40 three-pointers this season, including single threes in the WCAC semifinal win over Paul VI and in the championship loss to St. John’s, both played at American.

Those games could have felt like AU auditions, but Light said they did not. She felt supported by AU Coach Matt Corkery and some assistants and future teammates who turned out to watch the games at Bender.

“I actually love shooting there,” Light said. “It doesn’t bother me, the background. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot. When I picked American, I thought, I enjoy playing there already.”

Light, a Vienna resident who said she chose American over Stony Brook and Appalachian State, played her freshman season at Marshall High before transferring to Good Counsel. The Good Counsel players who live far away from the school would often go to teammate Anna Kokolas’s house to do homework before practice.

Those sessions are numbered now, too.

“I’m excited that I get three more games as a senior,” Light said. “But it kind of did feel like [the WCAC championship] was the last game.”

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