Nearly every athlete has a special tradition, piece of equipment or pregame ritual. Each week during basketball season, Prince George's Extra will explain why a county basketball player has chosen one.

This Week: Jennifer Baker

Why does Baker, a senior at Riverdale Baptist, wear uniform No. 21?

"When I first got number 21, I played well. It was in the summertime, so I changed my [school] number to 21 my junior year," she said. "It was like a new face and a new attitude with a new number. Junior year was my breakout year, and I think it was because of my attitude."

Baker, a 5-foot-9 forward who can grab the rim, averaged 14.9 points and 11 rebounds as a junior. So far this season, the Long Beach State signee is averaging 10 points per game. In a 66-49 victory over Surattsville on Dec. 15, Baker had 14 points, 15 rebounds and 8 steals. She also went over the 1,000-point mark for her career in that game.

-- Camille Powell

Tell Us Why

Do you know a Prince George's County high school basketball player with a special game-day tradition or lucky piece of equipment--and an interesting story behind it? If so, Prince George's Extra would like to hear about it. Call Camille Powell at 301-952-1220 or e-mail her at powellc@washpost.com

CAPTION: "When I first got number 21, I played well. . . . It was like a new face and a new attitude with a new number," says Jennifer Baker.

CAPTION: Baker, a Riverdale Baptist senior, is averaging 10 points per game, has surpassed 1,000 for her high school career and has signed with Long Beach State.