The girls basketball stars are already shining in just the second week of the season.
Kirina Laryea, Burke: Coach John Evans called this senior guard "the true example of a student athlete."
The captain of the Bulldogs works hard in school by attending the Zone and currently has 4.01 grade point average. Evans said she works just as hard on the court and regularly leads various drills during practice. She also supports and encourages her young, more inexperienced teammates by motivating them when their frustrated and commending them when they excel.
“She is aggressive, tough, hard working, dedicated, and most importantly coachable,” Evans said.
Trayana Mair, Boston English: This senior guard and co-captain leads with excellence on and off the court.
In the Bulldogs’ first two wins of the season she has averaged 20 points. She even cooked a team breakfast for her teammates for the Bulldogs' first home game this week.
Raven Kelsey, O’Bryant: Since her first week, Kelsey has led the Tigers in both scoring and rebounds.
Coach Gertrude Fisher commended the senior forward for her outstanding leadership that helped prepare the team for the Shelburne Christmas Tournament, which they will play at 1 p.m. on Dec. 29 and 30.
Joselyn Harris, South Boston: Coach Andrea Higgins knew she had to nominate Harris after her jaw dropping play this week.
With only two seconds left in the game against Charlestown on Monday, the freshman hit a 3-pointer that secured a 41-40 win.
Kanisha Thomas, Madison Park: While Thomas is a key player on the court, coach Carla Hands nominated her for her dedication in the classroom. Hands said that she works hard to maintain good grades and is also very supportive of her teammates.
Tina Sadberry, Brighton: The Bengals are a new team this season, and coach John Lilly said this senior guard has been a great help in leading the younger girls. She works with them during practice and supports them in games.
He added that she is also an excellent student with a 3.8 GPA.
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