Jordan Pisiak wasn’t ready to stop playing basketball after graduating from Princess Margaret Secondary in 2011.
Aside from 6:30 a.m. practices, there isn’t much she doesn’t like about the game.
“The intensity, the tempo of the game, the team bond you create, the improvements you see throughout the year and the thrill of winning is all such a surreal feeling,” wrote Pisiak in an email.
She’s getting a second chance to experience that all again with the Lambton College Lions (based in Sarnia) in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.
“It all happened so fast, I emailed the coach a few weeks before arriving asking about the team and about tryouts,” she said. “After I left B.C., I drove 42 hours and went straight to the gym and hoped for the best.”
Early into this new chapter and Pisiak was already facing the challenge of juggling her nursing studies with basketball.
“After I get into a good routine, I just need to keep myself disciplined and have a good balance of school and basketball and I should be OK,” she said.
With the season starting in mid-October, Pisiak is focused on building her confidence and reaching the level of play that she wants to be at. With the Mustangs, she was a point guard, but there is work to be done before she plays that position. She’s excited for the opportunity. Since graduating, Pisiak helped with the KVR Grade 8 girls basketball team and has traveled. Making her transition easier is taking advantage of open gym time and the Lions practice four times a week. Both will build her confidence.
“My determination is what makes me a good player at this point in time,” said Pisiak, who received the Mustang impact player award for basketball in her final season.