Jones scored more than 20 points in 25 of CHBC's 33 games, twice topping the 30-point barrier. Wendte says her star center has evolved a great deal since she was a freshman, the first year the Lady Hornets advanced to the state tournament.
But Jones has since played her last game in a CHBC uniform, leaving behind a legacy Wendte, and the community, won't soon forget.
"These younger kids have seen her work hard," Wendte said. "The little kids, I don't think she's ever turned a little kid down whether I'm talking a little kid from kindergarten or a freshman or sophomore. They look up to her, want to learn from her, they know that she know's what's going on."
Having turned in her Lady Hornet jersey for the last time, Jones is exchanging the blue and gold for a red and black Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville uniform this coming winter.
Jones says that Cougars' coach Paula Buscher hasn't yet filled her in on her role as a freshman, but one thing should remain the same.
"She hasn't said much to me be about it," Jones said. "I know she expects me to rebound a lot."
On top of her incredible talent on the glass, Wendte says her new team could also use the services of Jones' skills with the ball in her hands. The 6-1 center played the role of point guard a number of times this season, looking quite comfortable bringing the rock up the floor.
"I know I surprised people a little bit when I let her be the guard and bring the ball down," Wendte said. "I really think in the long run if she gets the chance to be in that position, she could be a forward and could actually be a guard too, be in a three-guard front. I think she could be even more of a threat in that position."