The Press Newspaper
Lake sophomore guard Kaysie Brittenham only began making a big noise for herself one year ago by knocking down a solid 13.7 points per game on her way to being named First-Team All-SLL as a freshman.
In her second go-around, she helped lead the Flyers to a picture-perfect 20-0 season, its first league hoops title since 1979, and its only SLL championship by knocking off former two-time champs the Genoa Lady Comets twice this year.
“I just love being competitive, and I think that’s the best thing about playing basketball for me, just being able to go out there, and do my best, and being competitive against other great players, and some of the best players in our league, because that’s what I have the most fun doing, helping our team to win,” offers the 15-year-old Brittenham.
She started playing the game in and around the local Lake School District midget leagues as early as the second-grade.
On February 17 of this season in a packed-to-capacity Schwamberger Fieldhouse against Genoa, the super sophomore backcourt star led all scorers with 19 points. That included three big-time three-bombs from behind the arc in the first quarter in leading the Flyers to an 66-45 SLL-championship-clinching win.
“I would say I’m a really good team player, and that I’m a pretty strong shooter, and that I can dribble, and handle the ball, and see the open court pretty well, and that I’m good at finding the open player, and getting the basketball to her,” shares Brittenham, “and I did start off as a starter on our team’s varsity squad, right from around the first game, or the beginning of last season, but that was all kind of surprising to me.”
“I thank the older girls for all of my success, and for helping me make the transition from middle school basketball, right into the varsity lineup during my freshman year, because they were all really nice to me, and very supportive of a freshman being on varsity, and pretty much everyone was just so helpful in letting me know what to do out there, when they helped me learn the varsity game,” continues the Lady Flyers’ new all-time assist leader.
Brittenham passes out kudos to her teammates, including senior leaders and post players Lauren Lind and Heather Cox, Oak Harbor transfer students Kimberly Meyer and Rebekah Will, as deftly as she doled out a school-record 96 assists last year. That broke Karis Rogacki’s previous mark of 80 helpers.
“K Britt” and Lake’s achievements include knocking off Genoa another time on the Comets’ home floor back on Feb 4, 68-61.
She is part of a well-balanced team that ame out of nowhere under championship-architect Denny Meyer after rebounding from a basement-low record of 2-19 only two seasons ago.
Last year, it was a respectable 14-7 mark and third-place finish under legendary local hoops coach Dick Fox (10 years at Bowling Green).
This year, they are blowing out opponents. “K Britt’s” contribution in those lopsided victories?
No. 3 currently sits right around number four on the SLL scoring leaders’ board out of 12 girls listed at an average of somewhere around 12.1 points per ballgame. She scores well into the double digits most of the time, with a few other of her biggest outputs coming against Lakota (20 points) in which Lake roughed up the Raiders 68-18; another 19 vs. Woodmore in a 61-26 drubbing; 18 vs. Oak Harbor in a 61-29 beat-down and emotional meeting with Coach Meyer’s former team at Schwamberger Field House; 18 vs. Swanton and 12 vs. Elmwood.
Brittenham says there’s still plenty of work to be done, including the possibility of facing Genoa again in the tournament.
“Simone (Eli) is a tough, tough player, and you know anytime you play against her, or any of her Genoa Comets’ basketball teams, it’s going to be a good, fun, hard-fought basketball game, because her teams always bring their best,” interjects Brittenham.