Girls Basketball

Cahokia senior will play at Iowa JUCO

After a solid three-year varsity career, the Cahokia Comanches “chairwoman of the boards” is ready to move on.

Senior Dominique Jennings, who led the St. Louis area in rebounding this past season, has announced that she will attend and play basketball at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A three-year starter for veteran coach Fred Dancy’s Comanches squad, the 6-foot Jennings averaged 15.9 points and 15.1 rebounds this past season. Jennings said she also considered Lewis and Clark Junior College in nearby Godfrey and St. Louis Community College. But Kirkwood’s past record of moving players on to the NCAA Division I level was the determining factor in Jennings’ decision to move up north.

“I want to play at the D-1 level. My dream has always been to play at Tennessee, but I just want a chance to play big time college basketball. This is another step in my road to get there,” Jennings said. “I liked the coaches and I liked the campus. This is my chance.”

Dancy said Jennings has improved throughout her high school career. But at Kirkwood, she will be asked to play more play more facing the basket as a power forward. Jennings has been a center throughout her career at Cahokia.

“I’m very confident that Dominique will be able to make the adjustments needed to play the college level,” Dancy said. “She’s got to work on being able to step out and hit the 10-foot jumper and she’s got to be able to handle the basketball a little better. But Dominique has worked hard to earn this scholarship and I know she dreams of playing at the D-1 level. This is her chance to make that dream come true.”

Jennings said she is undecided on a major.