Carlin, a 5-foot-10 senior forward who averaged six rebounds, three steals and 9.3 points per game and received first team All-Main Line honors last winter, hasn't slowed her pace this season. In a 35-25 win against Mount St. Joseph's, she grabbed eight rebounds and played great defense against Villanova-bound Alex Louin, a 1,000-point scorer. In the West Chester Classic, she scored 17 points in a 46-40 win against Archbishop Ryan Dec. 29. Two days earlier in the same tournament, she tallied 18 points in a 48-43 win against Susquehanna Township. Off the court, she teaches CPR classes as a volunteer and spends her summers as a lifeguard at the beach.Main Line Media News: Your team won the district title last winter and advanced to the state semifinals. What, to you, was your most vivid memory of the postseason last winter? Can you share that memory with us?
Jackie Carlin: My most vivid memory of the postseason last year was in the district championship when the buzzer went off and we held up the championship trophy.
Main Line Media News: Your mom, Diane, also played basketball for Villa Maria, graduating in 1983, and you said she was why you decided to play for the Hurricanes, to follow in her footsteps. What do you think has been the most important thing you have learned from her as a basketball player?
Jackie Carlin: She was always a fast runner so she always emphasized defense. She taught me that defense wins championships.
Main Line Media News: You've always worn No. 12 — does that number hold any special significance to you?
Jackie Carlin: I picked it when I was younger because it always stood out to me and was my favorite number.
Main Line Media News: You've mentioned Coach McCartney as one of your mentors. What do you think makes her a good teacher and/or motivator?
Jackie Carlin: Coach McCartney makes everyone on her team feel important. Whether you are the starting point guard or barely play, she will never forget to tell you [about] your importance to her team.
Main Line Media News: Do you have any current favorites as to what college you will attend? Is there a career path that particularly interests you?
Jackie Carlin: My top two colleges are Penn State University and the University of Alabama. I was always naturally good at math and would enjoy going into the medical field.
Jackie Carlin's favoritesPre-game pump-up song: Domino by Jesse J.
Athlete: "Lebron James, because of his work ethic.'
Movie: Remember the Titans.
Travel destination: Long Beach Island, N.J.
(To be selected as Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by her coach.)