March 2, 1990 |
Life through Amy Jalewalia's eyes might seem a bit unorthodox. For example: --One of the best things that ever happened to her, she said, was breaking her foot as a freshman. --If her La Quinta High School basketball team loses its Southern Section 4-A championship game against West Torrance at 6:45 tonight at Cal Poly Pomona, she doesn't want the score to be close. --Though her dad is paying her $10 for every three-point basket she makes in the playoffs, she isn't shooting any more than usual.
December 13, 1988 |
Melisa Sortino, a junior at Marina High School, has had a personal coach to teach her basketball fundamentals and a weight trainer to work out with 3 to 4 times a week to build her strength. Over the summer, she passed her days running on the beach, sprinting on the track and, of course, working on her shot. She attended a basketball camp at Cal State Long Beach, played in a girls' league and just finished playing in a 6-foot-and-under men's league in Huntington Beach. Yes, a men's league.
March 5, 1990 |
If La Quinta High School's Amy Jalewalia decides to play professional basketball some day, chances are she won't be playing in the United States. Unlike several nations in Europe, this country has never really supported a women's pro league. But that doesn't mean Jalewalia, one of the state's leading scorers, averaging 34 points a game, hasn't already cashed in on her talents. In fact, in her last four games, she has made $70. And the potential is there for more.
March 26, 1992 |
When Amy Jalewalia was a senior at La Quinta High School, her offense took the Aztecs to the Southern Section 4-A championship in 1990. But at UCLA, the 6-1 sophomore forward's forte is defense. "All I'm out there to do is play good defense and whatever I can contribute on the offensive end is a bonus," Jalewalia said from Boulder, Colo., where the unranked Bruins will face No. 10 Southwest Missouri State (29-2) in an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal game today.
February 26, 1991 |
Amy Jalewalia stood 18 feet from the basket with the ball. This was trouble. What would it be? The jump shot? Maybe the base-line drive? Or, possibly, one of those tricky moves, like an off-balance jumper from the corner? This, after all, was the scoring machine from La Quinta High School. The prized recruit of the UCLA women's basketball team. A player who had led the state in scoring as a junior in high school and was second as a senior.
February 12, 1989 |
Need a couple of points? Amy Jalewalia will score them. Inside or out, layup or jump shot, off the dribble or off the pass, La Quinta High School's versatile basketball player can score. Need three points? No sweat. Jalewalia has made 27 of 52 three-point shots this season. Need the results of the game phoned to the local paper? Jalewalia does that too, but she draws the line at picking up shirts from the laundry. She is too busy taking opponents to the cleaners.