It’s going to feel weird for Windham coach Anne Haky when she looks at her roster next winter and doesn’t see Sam Adamson anywhere.
For the past four years, Adamson’s name has been synonymous with Windham basketball.
The 5-foot-10 senior has played in all 81 potential games, and has started all but four of them — the first four of her career when she was a freshman. Better yet, she’s never missed a practice.
Actually, there was one missed practice earlier in the year when Adamson had to go out of town for a family wedding. But Haky was more than willing to give her tri-captain a free pass — just this once!
“She’s reliable, dependable and loyal,” said Haky. “She’s not necessarily a vocal kid, but she’s a consistent leader. She’s always been the kid that does exactly what you want her to do.
“Sometimes I feel like I take her for granted with how dependable she is.”
But Adamson hasn’t just mastered attendance.
On the court, she is a dependable scorer in the paint who is second on the team, averaging 9.8 points with a team-high 8.3 rebounds. Against Alvirne earlier in the season, she poured in a career-high 26 points in a win. And that scoring production is up from previous seasons. As a sophomore she averaged a steady 7.6 points per game, and that number only rose to 7.8 as a junior.
The modest Adamson made sure to give credit to her teammates for her offensive improvements.
“We’ve all been working a lot,” said Adamson, who also plays volleyball for the Jaguars and was a softball player as well. “We push ourselves with conditioning every day and we work together on our shooting.”
Adamson certainly has had a wealth of basketball knowledge in the family to rely on. Her oldest brother, Mark, played at Salem High, while her other two older siblings, Ashley and Kyle, each played for Windham. Ashley played softball at Western New England College, while Kyle currently is a junior football player at Plymouth State.
“We’re definitely a basketball family,” laughed Sam, who plays AAU for the Bay State Blizzards.
But when it comes to her basketball family, Adamson is helping Windham to a rather unexpected first year in Division 1.
The Jaguars (11-6, 9-5 NH) currently sit in eighth in the division, and are well on their way to making the playoffs.
“I don’t know what’s in the water everywhere else but it seems like everyone has multiple 6-footers on their team and we barely have one,” laughed Haky. “So Sam has been huge for us not only offensively, but what she has to do defensively almost every night against other forwards.”
Adamson, who is unsure of where she will be going to college but is looking to play hoop, has certainly felt that punishment playing in D1.
“It’s definitely harder,” she said. “We did pretty good last year, but I thought we’d have a harder time in Division 1. But we’ve been doing really good.”
With fellow senior tri-captains Ali Schiebel and Emily Orciani, the Jaguars certainly have the experience to make a playoff run. Sophomore Sarah Dempsey (13.5 ppg) has also been a huge spark offensively.
But with Adamson, the Jags will always have a reliable scorer and leader to turn to.
“I think we can definitely go far in the playoffs,” said Adamson. “I’m excited to see what we can do.”