Jazmine Soto caps first high school season by setting section scoring record

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By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

STRATHMORE – Most basketball players when they make the transition from middle school straight to the varsity level are timid. Not Jazmine Soto. In her first season she attacked the basket with such aggressiveness and seemed never to miss. The combination of those two allowed her to finish her first season with 712 points. Setting a new freshman Central Section single season scoring record in the process.

Soto surpassed the former Bullard Knight Aarion McDonald who set the record of 694 points in 2013. McDonald averaged 26 points a game during that season.

“Everything I was able to do this season comes from hard work and dedication,” Soto said.

The amount of points Soto put up even surprised herself. At first she thought she was going to be like any other freshman having to transition from one level to the next.

Instead the countless hours which she put in to prepare for this season paid off. An average week of practice included two to three hours a day under the watchful eye of Spartans head coach Richard Miranda, but she puts in even more than that. On the weekends she’ll put in an extra 10-12 hours a week, and she has been doing it since picking up the game at the age of 8.

While practice is practice to some the best have a purpose. Soto’s puts herself in real game situations every time she can.

It was not long before Soto demonstrated all her situational practice in a real game. Against Riverdale, the third game of the season, she scored 37 points. Both season and career high numbers thus far in her young career. Strathmore won the game 68-22. She later equaled her best outing during a 68-42 win over the Mt. Whitney Pioneers on Dec. 22.

However, Soto is not just about the scoring, but excels in other areas of the game as well. Three time she finished with double-doubles. Double digit stats in two categories. Twice the second stat was steals with 10 both times. According to Miranda in a previous article it comes from an uncanny ability to time the players dribble. The other time, despite being 5-feet-4, she hauled in 12 rebounds.

It is safe to say Soto’s scoring this season has also set the single season scoring record at Strathmore High School. If she continues to put up numbers like this year the school may have to retire the number two jersey for good. Soto could finish with 2,848 career points in four years. Less than a hundred points short of the section career scoring record of 2,938 set by Nikki Blue of West Bakersfield from 1999-2002.

“I am looking forward to breaking more records with my team helping me,” said Soto.

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