As the reigning South Suburban Conference Red Player of the Year in girls basketball, senior Mia Kennelly had her sights set on scoring more points and grabbing more rebounds this year on court, however, with three freshmen on the varsity team at Oak Lawn Community High School, she has had to add strong leadership to the mix. She embraced that challenge and has the Spartans off and running so far this season.
Kennelly scored 17 points, snagged 11 rebounds, and dished out five assists in the season-opening win over Shepard at the Bobby Bolton Classic on Monday. But her leadership on and off the court is what is making her so valuable to the team.
“Mia is the only senior in the girls basketball program for the 2021-22 season,” said head coach Mark Sevedge. “With that comes great responsibility. Leadership is normally something that falls on the shoulders of a few upperclassmen every year. Being the only senior, Mia has led all the squad throughout the summer, fall, and now the early portion of the season. She has guided the three freshmen, who made the varsity roster, and set the tone for how things need to be done for us to be successful.”
After a tough loss to Lincoln-Way East on Thursday night though, Kennelly knows there is much more to accomplish and improve upon for the Spartans (2-1) to meet their own high expectations for the rest of the season.
“Coming off a junior season where Mia was named the SSC Red Player of the Year, she is always at the top of our opponents’ scouting reports, and yet she is ready for that challenge night in and night out,” Sevedge said.