By Steve Svetovich
Holy Cross Lady Crusaders sophomore point guard Kaci Kranson is a huge spark plug as the floor leader for coach Barry Fitzgerald.
Daughter of Jill and Ryan Kranson, Kaci, 16, helped coach Fitzgerald achieve his 599th career win scoring 24 points to lead No. 7 Holy Cross to a 69-39 win over Lakeland Thursday, January 30.
Kaci scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Lady Crusaders jumped to an 18-6 lead.
Abbey Lentowski scored 21 points and Emily Ferguson added 14 in the win which gave the Lady Crusaders a 12-6 record at press time.
Kaci leads Lackawanna League Division III in scoring average with 22.2 games per game at press time.
Modest in nature, Kaci downplayed her scoring average and instead focused on teammates when discussing the success of the Lady Crusaders.
“We are a young team because we lost a lot of starters from last year’s team,” she said. “But we are a young team with a lot of talent. We work hard at practice and play as a team. We are close unit, friends on and off the court. This team has a special bond. We are really stepping up and making it a great team.”
The sophomore stalwart also plays centerfield on the Holy Cross softball team. She was named to the Times-Tribune all-star team as a freshman for her softball exploits.
Well versed, Kaci is president of student council for her sophomore class. She is a member of the Biology Club, Service Club and Pro Life Club. She has a 3.6 academic average and her favorite subject is biology.
The scholar-athlete hopes to attend Bucknell University and study physical therapy. “I have an aunt who studied physical therapy. She likes it. I like helping people and think it would be a nice profession to do that. I also hope to play basketball in college.”
Kaci, who scored a season high 31 points in a win over Lakeland this year, talked about what it takes to be a good point guard in high school basketball.
“You need to have a high basketball IQ. You need to know where to pass the ball and when to get it inside. You need to set your teammates up for a shot. You need to be able to dribble under pressure while making a play.”
Well spoken and intelligent, Kaci said her has learned a lot from coach Fitzgerald and her parents.
“Coach Fitzgerald teaches me how to handle pressure, be calm and play your game,” she said. “My parents always teach me to work hard at all times. Push hard on the basketball court and on the softball field.”
Kaci said she enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Shawn Mendez, a pop artist, in concert.
She talked about her future goals. “I want to help my team continue to win games. I hope to earn a college scholarship for basketball. And I want to become a physical therapist and help people.”
Kaci said she loves going to school at Holy Cross.
“It’s been great. I love it here. It is like one big family. We are all friends here. We go to class and all know each other. It’s the best experience.”