There is nothing Jessica Jackson would love more than to step back on the court with her Iowa Central teammates.
Jackson, a sophomore from Shenandoah, recently underwent a second knee injury that will force her to step away from the game of basketball.
Following a strong freshman campaign in 2018-19, Jackson was positioned to be a key member of the Triton rotation last year. In the season opener, though, she suffered her first knee injury that required surgery and kept her off the court for the remainder of the season.
After going through rehabilitation, Jackson again went down with a knee injury that again required another surgery. She is currently recovering while helping Iowa Central in a different way.
Despite all that, Jackson still reflects fondly on her decision to attend the school and join the team.
"I chose Iowa Central because I instantly loved their basketball program," she said. "The coaches were always contacting me and trying to get to know me. I loved the girls on the team and their chemistry."
For Jackson, the move from Shenandoah to Fort Dodge was made a little easier because of her familiarity with the town.
"I have family from Fort Dodge and knew the area pretty well," she said. "When I came for a visit, everyone on campus was super friendly and welcoming and I loved that as well."
Jackson's basketball career saw her score 95 points with 89 rebounds, 12 assists, 11 blocked shots and 10 steals in 26 games. She plans to attend Grand View University in the fall, working towards her bachelor's degree in business and marketing.
"It has been a wonderful three years at Iowa Central," Jackson said.
-By Dana Becker