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Girls Athlete of the Week: Chestatee's Bridgette Kelly

POSTED: December 11, 2013 8:12 p.m.

Chestatee’s Bridgette Kelly knew basketball season would be different for her this year as the only returning starter on the squad, but she didn’t expect to find her groove shooting as early as she has.

“She’s been getting a lot of good looks,” said Lady War Eagles’ coach Web Daniel. “She’s had five 3s in two games, I believe.”

Kelly tallied 16 points in a win against Stephens County last Tuesday and propelled Chestatee to a win with 19 points against East Hall on Saturday.

For her efforts, she is The Times Girls Athlete of the Week.

Kelly leads the Lady War Eagles in points so far, but she feels that the entire team has been finding the basket better than expected.

“Losing a lot of seniors opened my eyes that we have to shoot the ball this year,” Kelly said. “It took me by surprise that we’ve been shooting so well this year.”

One factor that contributes to the team’s and Kelly’s personal success is a sense of friendly competition among the team. Kelly said that each player has her role for Chestatee, but that doesn’t stop the girls from challenging each other.

“Myself, Kayla Watson and Deanna Bradberry, we try to see who can make the most 3s,” Kelly said. “Our goal is to each make more than three 3s each game. It’s kind of a competition.”

The challenge forces all three girls, and the rest of the Lady War Eagles, to perform at their very best, which helps when teams target Kelly for her talent.

“When we played River Ridge, which put us out in the Sweet 16 last year, we beat them by one, but they had a man on me, so others had to shoot,” Kelly said. “It’s great to have a whole team that can be three-point shooters.”

Although each member of the Chestatee team contributes on the score sheet, Daniel admits that shooting is certainly Kelly’s strength.

“Her ability to shoot the ball is excellent,” Daniel said. “She’s a hard-nosed player. She’s gritty and she plays tough. She’s really a leader on the court and that’s what we need.”

The Lady War Eagles head into this weekend’s Lanierland Tournament as the No. 1 seed in the girls bracket, which excites Kelly more than anything.

“People always look at us as a piece of meat because we lose so many seniors, but that makes us more excited,” Kelly said. “We have so much to prove, but we’re just going to play hard each round.

“We want this more than anything, especially for my senior year. We’re not taking any team lightly.”


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