In our opinion: Keep shooting, Starr

You heard it here first.

When Starr Rodenhurst is tearing up the NCAA, then onto the WNBA to create a Jordanesque legacy that elevates women’s basketball out of the shadows and places women’s sports on an equal level with men’s sports, historians will look to these pages for the first chapter of her story.

The 12-year-old has done it before, placing sixth in the country in the Elks Hoop Shoot in 2007.

She has another chance to go all the way.

Free-throw shooting is more art than science.

If it could be taught, foul-magnets like Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain would be even more dominant.

It comes from focus, technique and practice.

It takes patience, nerves of steel and the ability to relax in the most tense of situations.

Rodenhurst, who has already selected University of Tennessee as her college, has discovered at a young age how to win.

Rodenhurst is one step away from the trip back to Springfield, Mass. She has to win at regionals in Vancouver March 6.

It’s a high-pressure endeavor, and she has the backing of her mom and dad, and even her little brother, who helps by hollering at her at practice in an attempt to sway her focus.

Whether she takes the title or not, she’s going somewhere special.

And in addition to her family, the entire Central Kitsap community should give her a high five.

She’s already made us proud.

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