In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Lady Cats’ Senior Basketball Player Megan Kisner
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a senior at Grafton High School. I am a part of the National Honors Society and Young Life. I am an active member in my church and love to participate in Bible studies. I participate in year-round sports including cross country, track, and basketball. When I graduate, I plan to attend WVU to minor in business and get my nursing degree.
When did you first decide you that wanted to start playing basketball competitively?
The first time I decided to play competitively was in middle school, my 6th grade year.
Who is your favorite sports hero and why?
My favorite sports hero is WVU’s former guard, Bria Holmes, because in middle school our coach would take us to WVU games once a year and the first time I went, she stood out to me the most and has become a role model to me in basketball.
What would you say to one of your teammates who is really struggling to perform on a particular day?
Don’t give up, everyone has those kinds of days, or else how would you know when there is a good day.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
My favorite movie about sports is Space Jam.
What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about basketball?
I have been asked “why do girls always scratch and pull hair” and I said, “when you get into a competitive zone all you care about is getting the ball.”
What is the one thing you always do after winning a big game?
Get some ice cream from Dairy Queen.
What are your best and worst memories in athletics?
My best memories in athletics are all the victories and all the food people donate to us. My worst memories are the times in practice when coach says, “get on the line,” meaning we are going to run a lot.
What do you do to calm your butterflies before a game?
I pray to God for a fun, safe game and then after the prayer I go out into warmups shooting all the butterflies out.
If you could be a successful professional athlete in any sport, what would it be?
I would probably choose track because I love the element of running competitively for a shorter distance.
What one word or phrase do you think describes you?
What is the toughest position to play on the basketball court and why?
Probably center because you have to be very tall and muscular to keep the opposing team out of the paint. The center is the last defensive player, similarly to a goalie in soccer, before the other team gets to the basket.
What will the Lady Cats’ record be this season?
I believe that we will win most of our games, in fact, I think we will be going to states this year.
You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?
I would probably choose to spend the day with Will Smith so that he can give me advice about achieving my goals and so we can jam out to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Graduated from college and starting my career as a nurse practitioner.
What do you think you do well as player?
I think I am best in transition. I am usually always the first player down the court to get the team an easy layup.
Where is your favorite away venue to play a basketball game?
My favorite away venue is at Weir High School because they have the best locker rooms.
Give me one word to describe your varsity head coach, Andrew Moore.
What advice would you give to kids who are aspiring basketball players?
I would say, “always take opportunities and if there is an optional conditioning or training, take it.”
What did you think of these questions?
These questions made me think about things I had never thought about before. Overall, I enjoyed answering these questions.
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