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Hannah Jardine is just 14, but is an impact player for Newfoundland and Labrador

Her father was a Brother Rice high school and St. John's senior league all-star. Her mother played varsity at Memorial University and is a Sutton from Trepassey.

Nuff said there.

But despite the obvious basketball pedigree, Hannah Jardine is making a name for herself on the hardwood, thank you very much.

Hannah Jardine - Photo by Robin Short/The Telegram

Her father was a Brother Rice high school and St. John's senior league all-star. Her mother played varsity at Memorial University and is a Sutton from Trepassey.

Nuff said there.

But despite the obvious basketball pedigree, Hannah Jardine is making a name for herself on the hardwood, thank you very much.

Only 14 and entering Grade 9 in the fall at Mount Pearl's St. Peter's Junior High, Jardine finds herself an impact player on Newfoundland and Labrador's women's basketball team at the 2009 Canada Summer Games.

No doubt, this well-spoken youngster is on Doug Partridge's radar for the MUN Sea-Hawks down the road.

But first it's the Games and even though it's an under-17 tournament, Jardine hasn't looked out of place for the maroon and white.

"The more I watch her play," said Newfoundland coach Frank Foo, "the more I like her."

There was a lot to like Thursday as Newfoundland and Labrador (1-1) got its first win by beating Nova Scotia 66-64. Jardine had 11 points, seven blocked shots and an astounding 21 rebounds.

At six-feet tall, it's evident Hannah got her height from her folks, Mike and Carina (Sutton) Jardine.

And while she wasn't too fussy about being the tallest kid in school growing up, she's sure happy with her height now.

But as anyone in basketball will tell you, because you're tall doesn't mean you're good.

Young Jardine, however, is good.

"There are a lot of tall people," Foo said, "who don't understand the game.

"She uses her body well. And that's really important."

"I remember when I was younger," she said, "I was always saying, 'I love being tall in sports, but I wish I could turn it off in school.' I wouldn't change it for the world now."

Foo first spotted Jardine when she and her family were living in Corner Brook. She was a Grade 4 student at the school where he worked as a guidance councilor.

It wasn't long before she came out for the school team.

"She was passionate and committed right from the start. She's a kid who wants to play," he said.

Not that she was forced into the game. But when your parents played ball, well, the apple don't fall far from the tree, as they say.

Today, her father says, she tunes into Sportscentre for the basketball highlights. She knows more about the NBA and WNBA than most sportswriters, probably.

"Oh no," she said, "I wasn't forced. I guess I looked up to them, but I've developed my own love for the game."

Here in P.E.I., Foo hasn't thrust the youngster into a scoring role.

Instead, she's being relied on to grab a few rebounds and be defensively responsible.

"Though she's young, she's very mature and she doesn't get frazzled on the court," Foo said. "She doesn't cause turnovers. She moves well and she's very solid defensively and knows how to get the rebounds. It's a very big part of the game."

The coach also noted Jardine is one of the fittest girls on the team, an indication of her dedication to the game.

"Just because you're tall," she said, "doesn't mean you don't have to work hard. Being tall helps, but I still have to work just as hard as everybody else."

rshort@thetelegram.com

Newfoundland and Labrador results Monday at the Canada Summer Games in P.E.I.:

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Newfoundland 66, Nova Scotia 64

Newfoundland improves to 1-1

NL - Kelia Pond (26 points), Hannah Jardine (11 points, 7 blocked

shots, 21 rebounds)

RUGBY

Ontario 24, Newfoundland 3

B.C. 33, Newfoundland 0

Newfoundland, the third-ranked team, is 0-2 after an opening-day schedule that featured games against two of the country's rugby powerhouse provinces

SOFTBALL

New Brunswick 8, Newfoundland 2

Amber Kennedy 3/4 for Newfoundland and Alicia Poole 2/3

Alberta 8, Newfoundland 1

Newfoundland falls to 0-3

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Men's

B.C. 2, Newfoundland 0

Women's

Ontario 2, Newfoundland 0

DIVING

10-metre platform

Aaron Thorne, Chris Kent, Liam Maher, Quinn Crane, Kate McCarthy failed to make finals

HOW WE DID MONDAY

Organizations: NBA, B.C. 2

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, St. John's Trepassey Mount Pearl Corner Brook P.E.I. Nova Scotia Ontario

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