Jacobs senior Kerri Healy had no problems calming her nerves before shooting in the Class 4A preliminary round of the IHSA 3-Point Showdown.
Healy felt even more at ease after hitting her first shot and went on to hit 10 of 15 and qualify as one of four shooters for Friday’s finals, which will take place around 7 p.m. at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena in Normal.
“I felt really relaxed,” said Healy, a Golden Eagles starter who made 24 3s during the regular season. “I went through the three-minute warm-up and wasn’t worried about anything. I thought about slowing it down because sometimes I rush too much. I hit the first one and let it flow from there.”
Healy was the only area shooter to make the finals, although two competitors in Class 3A – Woodstock senior Camryn Tafoya and Marengo freshman Jennifer Heinberg – were close. They each hit eight, one make from getting into a shoot-off to qualify. Woodstock North freshman Madison Czischki also shot and made two.
Healy, who has competed in two varsity sports each of her four years in high school, had softball tryouts this week and only practiced her shooting Wednesday.
“I was last in the third group, so I knew I had to get around nine or 10,” said Healy, who tied for second with her 10 makes. “You’re still nervous with all those others (in the last group) to shoot. The other (three finals shooters) are really good. I’m excited to have a chance to shoot again, and hopefully I can do as well as today.”
Healy’s performance did not surprise Jacobs coach Joe Benoit.
“It’s pretty impressive for her,” Benoit said. “She’s a kid who’s not going to get nervous on this stage. Her shot is solid, and she got in rhythm. She hit that first one, and it seemed to get her going.”