Kentridge girls basketball star Jordyn Jenkins’ high school career ends with torn knee ligament

Kentridge High School girls basketball standout Jordyn Jenkins will not play one single minute of her senior season in 2020.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test revealed Tuesday that the USC signee had suffered a torn ligament in her knee, ending her storied career with the Chargers.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-2 all-state post player, was injured late in a “Top of the Peak” holiday tournament semifinal victory Dec. 28 against Class 3A powerhouse Mount Spokane when she crashed into the grandstands going for a loose ball.

“We thought it was a bad bruise, or a hyperextension of her knee from the way she was responding to it,” Kentridge girls coach Brad McDowell said.

Jenkins had an MRI performed Jan. 7. The results came back Tuesday with bad news — a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Surgery is scheduled for next week, McDowell said.



At the time, Jenkins was the team’s leading scorer at 20.9 points per game. She was also averaging 11.2 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.3 blocks in nine games.

Jenkins’ career scoring total was 1,654 points.

But her impact went way beyond the numbers. She crashed onto the scene in 2016-17 as a ninth grader, teaming up with eventual University of Washington signee JaQuaya Miller to form one of the most fearsome interior duos in the state.

The Chargers won the Class 4A title that season, and followed with a third-place showing in 2017-18, and fourth-place effort last season.

Capturing another state championship had been Jenkins’ top priority — something she reiterated often.

“She had that goal set,” McDowell said. “We were a top-three team with her. We are still a top-12 team, and playing to get into the state tournament.”

Jenkins is the 40th-ranked player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, according to ESPN.com.

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