The whole world is on the slender and strong fingertips of Shorewood's three-time Now All-Suburban basketball forward Jada Stackhouse.

Bright, forthright, generous, well-spoken and understandably well-liked, she recently finished her high school athletic career on a high note, leading the Greyhounds to their third straight Woodland Conference East Division title.

Also a talented volleyball player, she will take her skills and vast intellect (a weighted GPA of 5.0) to the Ivy League's Cornell, where she will expand her horizons and maybe solve all the world's problems.

Or something like that, she laughed.

And she will miss these fun days with her teammates as she can't believe she's this close to the future, to graduation.

'The team banquet was hard,' she said with a sad laugh, 'but at least it was not like it was graduation already ... it's just we (the large senior class) have been together for so long. Now it's our time.'

And what a time it was for the 5-11 Stackhouse and her friends, as she had an even better season than her formidable campaign of a year ago and even better than the one before that. Graduation from the large class of 2015 didn't diminish the Greyhounds as Stackhouse joined with friends like Annie Leo, Megan Eimers and Meghan Curtis to turn in a second straight 17-7 record.

Unity played a big key to the success, Stackhouse said.

'I don't know if it was the coach or the players but we had a fantastic season,' she said. 'I just didn't think that we'd do as well as we did ... but we had the eight seniors, and then we had some younger players who we were able to fit in quickly. We were practically big sisters to them.

'And we (the team) were always around each other. If we weren't at practice or at class, there was (club) volleyball practice. We were always doing stuff together. We always seemed to be at Qdoba or Noodles.'

On the court, the team was a dervish of movement, always attacking, always seeking to go to the basket, and Stackhouse was at the center of the offensive storm. She averaged 18.4 points per game of 58 percent shooting from the field and got to the line whenever she wanted (97 hits out of 145 attempts). She averaged eight rebounds a game and added 39 assists, 57 steals and 21 blocked shots.

She would finish with an impressive 1,233 career points and was named Woodland East Player of the Year three straight times.

And Stackhouse was not one to rest on her laurels. Foul trouble dogged her early in the season, so she worked hard to avoid the dreaded two fouls in the first half, which would put her on the bench for a good chunk of time.

'There were times I was a little more reckless than I should have been,' she said, 'so I tried to play in a 'no fouls, no fouls' kind of way because in close games we didn't want to commit the fouls and send the other team to the free-throw line.'

Stackhouse loved playing the 3-2 zone defense with her friend and teammate, Annie Leo, at the point of the 3. If the defense was working well, Stackhouse said, the offense was going places.

'Natalie (6-3 sophomore Tomaszewski) and I would be in the back,' she said, 'and we would get the rebounds and throw it out to Annie and we would get out there pretty fast.'

Plays like that worked because Stackhouse said the effort in practice was good, and coach Jeff Eimers said the practices were good because he had someone leading by example like Stackhouse.

'The one thing I'll always remember about Jada is that when she comes to practice, she gets busy right away,' Eimers said. 'She always went 100 percent in all the drills. And she makes sure to include everybody in everything that's important to the team. Everyone loves being around her. She's intelligent, she's funny and she's a great player.'

The inclusion consisted of many things. Stackhouse sees great things in Tomaszewski, so she looked to push her a little harder.

'We all pushed each other, freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior,' said Stackhouse, 'but Natalie, even at 6-3, was having a hard time posting up, so before every game, I would work with her. I would tell her to post me up, and I would play really hard defense on her, and gradually she got better at it.

'I would then tell her, 'OK, now go do that to number 54 (or whoever she was matched up against).''

As noted, Stackhouse's future is bright, but she's so glad to have had this time with a team like this. She knows graduation and all that that entails is coming up sooner than she could have ever imagined. But she will take with her some sweet memories of friendship and success.

'All these wins and the three (conference) titles in a row, wow,' she said. 'Coming back later and taking a look at the (title) banner in the gym and seeing the years 2014, 15 and 16 on it will be amazing. We'll look up and say, 'That was us.'

'Hopefully, when we do get back, there'll be more of those numbers up there.'