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Cable connected at Shippensburg

February 03, 2001

Cable connected at Shippensburg



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


Jamie Cable is getting an education by going to college.

Life used to be easy for the former Brunswick High star. Classes and basketball, never did the two ever really meet.

But now, as a freshman at Shippensburg University, one gets in the way of the other, which isn't a bad thing.

"Going to college was a little rough at first, but I'm starting to enjoy it," said Cable. "It was all work and not enough basketball, but I'm starting to learn how to manage my time."

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Management has been the key for Cable, who has gone three-year, high-scoring shooting forward for the Railroaders to become a first-year, role-playing power forward for the Raiders.

In a program like Shippensburg's, which has enjoyed success and standign in Division II ranks, Cable found out that it's a matter of managing time while waiting for your time and opportunity to come.

And even when that happens, it's still a learning experience.

Cable got a taste of the college game when Shippensburg defeated Shepherd College earlier this month. It was only for 1 minute, 19 seconds and it was mostly standing with her back to the basket while posting up on the blocks near the free throw lane.

It has given Cable a whole new appreciation for the game of basketball, especially on the college level.

It's rough," she said. "College is 10 times rougher ... you have to keep moving. I'm used to playing the No. 3 slot (small forward) all the time. I wasn't expecting to play (power forward), but I'm dealing with it."

Cable is averging 2.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12 games for the Red Raiders (17-2).

Part of dealing with the position change is the muscling for position to get a shot instead of roaming free before settling in an opening for a shot. The other part is dealing with being a freshman who isn't the best player on the team.

Being a non-starter means being ready to play in a split second, something Cable has yet to master.

"I'm the type of player who needs a couple to get going," Cable said. "I'm not into the game when I first get off the bench. That's something I have to learn."

Cable doesn't mind her basketball education though. She's getting everything she wanted in attending Shippensburg, a school that is close to home and offered some financial assistance for attending the school. She had been the target for a number of Division III school, but none of them had the financial means.

"I always hoped to play in college," Cable said. "It's something I dreamed of ever since I've been little."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> JOHN SCHNEBLY (South Hagerstown) - The sophomore has played 12 games for the Bullets (11-8), averaging 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He has started four games.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> CHAD BRASHEARS (St. Maria Goretti) - The freshman is averaging 7.6 points and 2.5 rebounds for Shenandoah University. He has played in 14 of 18 games for the Hornets (7-11). He has hit 21 3-pointers.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> JOSH BENTON (Musselman) - The senior has started 16 of 18 games for the Hornets, averaging 4.9 points per game.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> CARRIE WEIMER (Williamsport) - The Shenandoah University junior is the second-leading scorer for Shenandoah University (8-8) with a 12.7 average to go with 6.7 rebounds per game. She has started all 16 games and is hitting 79.7 percent of her free throws. She had 16 points in a win over Ferrum.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> BROOKE KNEPPER (Williamsport) - Knepper won two event for the Elizabethtown College women's swim team in the Blue Jays' 103-78 win over Susquehanna. Knepper won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 19:18.89 and the 200 butterfly in 2:28.25. She was also a member of the winning 400 medley relay team.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> RYAN GRABILL (Williamsport) - The freshman six points with four rebounds in a start in a 75-74 overtime loss to Gettysburg.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> ADAM UNDERKOFFLER (Chambersburg) - Underkoffler is averaging .9 points per game in nine games for Shippensburg (8-10). He scored a season-high 3 points against Cheyney.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> ASHLEY van NORDEN (Williamsport) - The freshman is averaging 3.2 points and has 47 assists in 19 games, including six starts, for Shepherd College (16-4).

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> BRIANNE HAMILTON (Martinsburg) - The sophomore is averaging 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18 games for Shepherd College.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> MELISSA WINDLE (Greencastle) - The sophomore is averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 18 games for Shepherd College.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> ROSALINE FISHER (Greencastle/HCC) - The junior is averaging 6.1 points per game in 16 starts for Shenandoah University. She scored 12 points in a win over Ferrum.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> RUSTY BARRETT (Hedgesville) - Is averaging 2.0 points and .5 rebounds per game in four appearances for Shepherd College.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> TYLER BOSWELL (Martinsburg) - Is averaging .4 points per game in eight appearances for Shepherd College (7-10).

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