After her final Boston City League game before the holiday break on Friday afternoon, O’Bryant junior forward Raven Kelsey was looking forward to catching up on some sleep and hopefully a pair of LeBron James or Kevin Durant sneakers under the Christmas tree.
“I got these for Christmas last year,” Kelsey said of her bright yellow Nikes after a 74-23 home victory against Burke. “Everyone knows me for my sneakers. They call them Sponge Bob sneakers or McDonald’s.”
Kelsey’s game was just as bright as she scored a game-high 19 points for O’Bryant (4-0) while senior guard Laetitia Dorsinville and senior forward Kiana Daley each had 13 points apiece. Junior guard Yonetta Harris netted 10 points.
The Tigers opened the game with a 38-1 run before they took out their starters and played them sparingly the rest of the way.
“Kudos to coach [Trudy] Fisher, people look at score and will think she ran up the score but she did not,” Burke coach John Evans said. “Our moral victory was let's try to get 20 points. That was our moral victory. I put in our B unit and they had no idea what they were doing but they worked hard.
“I have a great bunch of girls. I love them but what they need to learn is character and how to play through adversity. That’s what we need to learn.”
After the 38-1 run, Burke (1-3) put a few points on the board, going on a 10-0 run of its own. Senior guard Brenda Calderon (team-high 13 points) scored two 3-pointers in the run before Dorsinville hit a free throw to give the Tigers a 39-11 lead at the half.
“We didn’t’ want to go out and fast break,” Kelsey said. “We wanted to run our plays and make sure we play our tempo and feed the post.”
Fisher, whose team lost in the finals of the city championships last year, said the season has gone as planned so far.
“What we’ve been working on all season long is trying to get them used to actually running our offense and running our defense and doing it correctly,” she said before the game. “I’m hoping the more that they do it everybody will know where they belong and we won’t have any problems. Just making sure they know what their responsibilities are and accepting it.”
But while the Tigers did a better job of running their plays against Burke, Kelsey showed a bit of defiance by wearing her sky blue Long Johns under her shorts. She said she likes to wear them because they keep her warm but that her coach doesn’t usually let her wear them during games.
“Plus I like to be a little different,” she said. “Everyone knows me as Raven with the Long Johns.”
But if Santa (or her mom) gets her those LeBron James or Kevin Durant shoes she will no longer be “Raven with the Sponge Bob shoes” when she returns from break.
“I try to give hints [to my mom]; ‘Those sneakers look nice,’” she said.
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