The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

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The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

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The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

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Calling the Shots

Duquesne commit Kellie McConnell will not rest until the Girls’ Basketball Team hoists another WPIAL trophy.
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How long have you been playing basketball?

I have been playing basketball since I was in Kindergarten.

What position do you play?

Point Guard

What are you most excited about for this season?

I am most excited about it being my senior season because it means something different than it has in the past. I can feel my time with NAGBB running out. It makes each day more special.

What is so special about being a part of the team at North Allegheny?

Our family atmosphere is the reason it is so special to be a part of NAGBB. We all would do anything for each other, and we have a lot of fun.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I always put my left shoe on before my right shoe. I don’t even know how that started, but it has just become good luck. 

What number do you wear, and why?

I wear #4 because my mom was born on March 4th, and it has been a common number in my family.

Who inspired your love for the game of basketball?

I grew up in a basketball family. All my cousins played or still play, but the person who inspired me the most is my mom. She was a 1000-point scorer at NA and had a great career at Duquesne University that included breaking multiple school records. Everyone always told me how good she was, so I wanted to be just like her.

You committed to Duquesne. What are you most looking forward to next year?

I am looking forward to being able to play with my cousin, Megan McConnell, for one year. I have always looked up to her, and I am super grateful to finally get the opportunity to play with and learn from her. I am also excited about the fact that I will be staying close to home and playing in the city that I grew up in.

How challenging was the recruiting process?

If I am going to be honest, the recruiting process was not fun. I especially had a tough time due to being injured my whole sophomore year because I tore my ACL. That caused me to miss my school season and AAU, and that is a big year for recruiting. As soon as I committed to Duquesne, that weight was immediately lifted off my shoulder, and I could finally just relax and enjoy my senior year without the stress of not knowing what is ahead.

Do you have any personal goals for yourself this season?

Ultimately, I just want to do what is best for my team to win. I will do whatever it takes for us to be as successful as we can be, but I do make little goals specific to each game as I watch film preparing for our next opponent. Those usually are defensively driven because I hate when the girl I am guarding scores, so I always make it my goal to hold them to as few points as possible.

If there is one last thing you could do before leaving NAGBB, what would it be?

I want to win a state championship again. When we won it my freshman year, it was one of the best experiences I’ve been a part of. Also, there is only one girls’ basketball state championship in school history, so it would be amazing to do it again.

What is one piece of advice you would give to younger athletes who are looking to succeed?

Always put in the extra work, and stay positive. Not everything is going to go your way every time, but if you always work hard and keep a positive mindset, you will find success.

Who is your favorite basketball player of all time?

Sabrina Ionescu is my favorite basketball player. She has brought so much attention to women’s basketball and female sports in general. She also has her own shoe made by Nike. Female and male basketball players are wearing them in high school, college, and the WNBA/NBA, which is pretty cool.

Favorite TV show?


Who is your favorite celebrity?

Taylor Swift

What is your dream vacation place?

The Bungalows in the Maldives

Describe yourself in three words. 

Caring, determined, competitive

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About the Contributor
Natalie Kinross
Natalie Kinross, Staff Writer
Natalie is a junior at NASH. This is her first year writing for The Uproar. She plays on the Girls' Basketball Team and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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