By Ben Watteyne
Photos by Scott G Winterton (DeseretNews.com), Katelyn Field & Ari Davis
Amidst the excitement of Sky View’s girls basketball team’s undefeated season, there is a player who, despite taunting fans and an immense weight on her shoulders, always comes out on top.
Lindsey Jensen, senior captain of the girls basketball team, has been a familiar name throughout the state of Utah these past few years. Jensen has been on the varsity girls basketball team since she was a freshman, competing at a high level the whole time. As a junior, she averaged 16.8 points per game and things have only improved from there. This year, as a senior, she averages 23.1 points per game and scored a career single-game high of 42 points in a game against Ogden.
While Jensen’s winters are occupied by Sky View basketball, the rest of the year she plays on the Salt Lake Metro competitive team.
“Basketball is my absolute favorite thing to do,” Jensen said, when asked about her different hobbies. “I’ve been playing basketball since I could walk. I’m always watching basketball games with my brothers and trying to improve my game”.
Jensen has three brothers, one older and two younger, which makes it easy for her to immerse herself in the sport and find others with whom to play the game. Lindsey’s older brother, Riley, is currently playing basketball at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where the 6-foot-11 center is a redshirt freshman.
Lindsey Jensen will soon be following in her brother’s footsteps as she moves up to play at the college level next year. She will stay closer to home and will have the chance immediately to suit up at a Division I school, as Utah State University has offered a scholarship.
“I’m so excited,” Jensen said. “It’s just what I wanted and it all happened so perfectly. Ever since I was a little girl, we would come up and watch their games. There’s just something about (going to) the school that I’ve always wanted to play for, and then also (be with) the coaches and a part of that team.”
Jensen was selected as the 4A Region 5 MVP her junior season, and was also the Herald Journal all-Valley player of the year. She is on track to receive similar rewards and more this year. The 5-11 senior doesn’t just succeed out on the basketball court, she is also on Sky View’s volleyball team and has achieved a lot academically.
The Bobcat volleyball team reached the state title game each of the past three years, playing Timpview all three times. Jensen was on the team the Sky View volleyball team that won the 2012 championship, and she was also there for the title game defeats in 2013 and this past fall.
Jensen won’t be far away next year, when she plays with the Utah State women’s basketball team, so when the Aggies are in action, make sure to tune in and listen for Lindsey Jensen. There is no doubt that she will not disappoint.