By Steve Svetovich
Holy Cross senior guard Kaci Kranson in her final home game scored 19 points to help the Lady Crusaders defeat Blue Ridge, 68-21, in the District 2 Class 2A semifinal Saturday, Feb. 26.
Kaci scored all of her 19 points in the first quarter before injuring her lower left leg after taking an outlet pass in the second quarter from Julia Getz. She took a jump step to avoid a Blue Ridge defender and hit the floor.
“The trainer said it is just a bruise and I will be fine,” the senior stalwart said.
Kaci said she will be more than ready to play in the District 2 Class 2A title game against Elk Lake at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, March 4.
Holy Cross had a commanding 51-11 halftime lead in the win over Blue Ridge.
Getz added 10 points in the win.
Daughter of Jill and Ryan Kranson, Kaci scored her 1,500th career point early last month against Riverside at home.
“It was special because it came on a night Kylie Lavelle scored her 1,500th point for Riverside. She and I go way back playing in different travel leagues together. So that was kinda nice.”
Both Kaci and Kylie have added to their career totals and both now have over 1,800 career points.
Kaci earlier this season broke the all-time Holy Cross career scoring record.
Well-spoken and articulate, Kaci has a 3.9 academic average at Holy Cross. She was president of her junior class last year.
A four-year starter on the basketball team, she played tennis two years and will play softball for a fourth season at Holy Cross. She is a centerfielder
The senior student-athlete is a member of the National Honor Society.
Kaci was a Lackawanna League first-team all-star three years for basketball entering her senior season. She was also first-team All Regional and first team All-State for basketball as a junior.
She was named Athlete of the Year for 2020-21 as a junior.
The hard working and driven senior talked about what it takes to excel as a guard in high school basketball.
“You need to be able to look up the floor and know who to pass to,” she said. “You need to see the floor well.”
Kaci said she was not surprised with her team’s success over Blue Ridge. “The team just came out strong playing great offense and defense. We played our best basketball in the first quarter. It was the best quarter we ever had as a team.”
Kaci has been accepted to 16 colleges but has not made a decision on where she will attend next year. Her plan is to major in physical therapy. “That’s been my long standing plan,” she said. “I want to become a physical therapist.”
Polite and humble, Kaci said she learned a lot from her parents. “They tell me to work hard in life and have confidence. Nothing is ever handed to you.”
She said Holy Cross veteran basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald has been a strong influence.
“He taught me a lot about the game. He taught me to believe in myself and showed confidence in me.”
Kaci enjoys listening to music and would like to see Sean Mendez in concert.
She and her teammates have strong expectations. “We will go game by game and go after another district title. Then we will take a run at the state title.”
As she enters her final months at Holy Cross, she will savor the moments. “It is going to be so sad to leave,” she said. “These were the four best years of my life. I love my classmates, teachers, the coaches and the principal and staff. I love the school.”