Photo courtesy of Paul Krajnyak
Frontier basketball standout Kelsea Daugherty is both a hard-working player and a working girl off the court.
Sports: basketball and track (hurdles, sprints, long jump)
Senior hoops stats (average): 18 points and 10 rebounds per game
Colleges being considered: Ohio Valley University, Bethany College
Major: elementary education (teaching)
Family: Dusty and Mary Ellen (father and mother); younger sister Kylie and younger brother Kyle
Question: What are your team and individual goals for your senior year on the basketball court?
Answer: We already accomplished one of them when we won the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) championship game against Bridgeport. That was a school-first for the girls progam.
Right now, we just want to continue winning in the sectional tournament.
Q: As a three-year basketball letterwinner, you've had a number of career highlights on the court. Name a couple of them.
A: When I broke the school (single-game) scoring mark with 46 points against Tyler Consolidated, that was pretty neat. I really wanted that.
Got to give my teammates a lot of credit. I was open, and they passed the ball to me.
Beating (previously undefeated and state-ranked) Bridgeport was pretty awesome, too. It was a team effort, and everyone contributed. Hope we can beat them again in the sectional.
Q: Who has influenced and impacted your basketball game the most?
A: My mom and dad. They're willing to drop anything to help me with my free-throw shooting and anything. They've been just great. And, they've never missed one of my games.
I know exactly where they're sitting during games, and once in a while, I'll give them a thumbs up.
Q: What do you do off the court? Any hobbies?
A: I used to run track in the spring, but not this year. I've worked as a cashier at Newport IGA for the last couple of years, and during the basketball season, I work there on Sunday. Mike Lamp, the manager, has been just great working around my schedule. Last summer, I also worked at The Jug in Newport, which is not far from the IGA store. So, work keeps me pretty busy.
I'm trying to save enough money for college, because I do want to play basketball when I go to college.
-Ron Johnston, email@example.com