Jess Gordon enjoyed a stellar high school basketball career at Williamsburg and earned the Altoona Mirror's Girls Basketball Player of the Year award for the 1996-1997 season.
She went on to an outstanding college basketball career at Division I Towson State University and Division II Shippensburg University, and this past October, she was named to Shippensburg's Athletic Hall of Fame.
After starting for two years at Division I Towson State University, Gordon transferred to Shippensburg as a junior, and totaled 881 points (averaging 14.2 points per game) and 538 rebounds (8.7 rebounds per game) in just two seasons with Shippensburg. Her 8.7 rebounds per game ranks her fourth in school history.
Jess Gordon scored 881 points in two years at Shippensburg.
Nonetheless, Gordon's appointment to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame surprised her.
"I never expected it to happen at this time, or even at all, because there are a lot of great basketball players who I played with at Shippensburg,'' Gordon, a 2002 graduate of the university, said. "I was very blessed, and I'm very thankful, to have received a great education at Shippensburg, and I had a lot of great experiences playing basketball there.''
Gordon led Shippensburg to a 48-14 composite record in her two years there and two NCAA Division II tournament berths in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.
In Gordon's junior season, Shippensburg logged a 28-5 record, won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship, and reached the NCAA Division II semifinals. Gordon averged 11.9 points per game that season and led all Ship's starters in rebounds with an average of eight per game.
She scored a career-high 24 points and logged nine rebounds in Shippensburg's national semifinal loss to North Dakota.
"Making it to the semis was one of the biggies in my career,'' Gordon said. "We made it to the Elite Eight, and finished fourth in the country that year.''
Gordon earned All-PSAC West first-team honors as a senior by averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game and ranking second on the squad with a career-best 9.5 rebounds per game. She scored 487 points and collected 275 rebounds - posting 13 double-doubles and scoring in double figures in 26 of 29 games.
Including her two years as a starter at Division I Towson, Gordon finished her four-year collegiate playing career with 1,462 points (12.4 points per game) and 903 rebounds (7.7 rebounds per game).
Upon graduation in 2002, Gordon served one year as an assistant coach at Shippensburg and later earned a master's degree in school and guidance counseling from Shippensburg in 2006.
Gordon lives in Williamsburg and has been employed as a special education teacher at Central High School for the past seven years.