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With this ring … Granite Bay graduate is hooping at Jessup University

Sarah Petersen, nee Sciascia, is a wife now but still finds time to play basketball
By: Robbie Enos
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No matter what basketball court she’s on, Sarah Petersen is productive.

She’s proven that plenty of times for William Jessup University as one of the Lady Warriors’ leaders at 13.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

“She’s improved the team tremendously,” Jessup head coach Guin Boggs said Wednesday. “She’s an all-around player. She’s a great outside shooter, ball to the basket, she’s a good rebounder. And she’s a good defender and a very unselfish player.”

Production is nothing new for Petersen, even though her path to Jessup has been unconventional. It started at Granite Bay High School, where the 2010 graduate compiled career stats of 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 2.1 assists over 105 games in four varsity seasons.

“I’ve been playing basketball for as long as I can remember,” said Petersen, who was honored recently as a California Pacific Conference Player of the Week when she averaged 17 points and 12.5 rebounds in two victories. “High school was a good way for me to have the opportunity to play college basketball.”

Her play impressed the coaches at the University of Great Falls in Montana. She joined the basketball team for two seasons and earned a second-team All-Frontier Conference honors as a sophomore.

“It was really good to get out and be on my own for two years,” Petersen said. “I enjoyed everyone I met up there, and I had a really good experience.”

Petersen’s hoops career then took a dramatic turn when she heard wedding bells. Last summer, she married Jason Petersen, and a transfer to Jessup was the optimal decision. It allowed her to stay close to her husband while continuing her basketball career. The religious environment at Jessup made it the prime choice.

“It was something that I prayed a lot about,” said Petersen, who was Sara Sciascia at Granite Bay. “I had strength in my faith with God. The marriage was a big factor. Coach Boggs and this school has been a huge blessing for me.”

The move has served Jason well, now that he can stay close to Sarah and watch her play.

“It’s a blessing,” he said. “It’s great watching her in person, as opposed to watching her on TV or streaming on my laptop.”

Petersen’s goal is to lead Jessup to a CalPac championship. Despite a 5-8 record, Boggs feels the team has what it takes to win a title.

“When we’re at the top of our game, we’re really good,” Boggs said. “We have every right to think that we can win the championship. But we have to play consistently well, and we have to beat some really good teams along the way.”