Kaci Kranson Scores 1,000th Point for Holy Cross

By Steve Svetovich

Only a junior, Kaci Kranson celebrated with Holy Cross teammates as she scored her 1,000th career point Friday, January 29, in the Lady Crusaders 76-44 win over Lakeland.

Kaci scored 26 points as her team won for the fourth time in five games this season. Senior center Abbey Lentowski led Holy Cross with 30 points in the win for the No. 6 ranked Lady Crusaders.

Daughter of Jill and Ryan Kranson, Kaci’s late grandfather Jerry Foley was a local legend as a standout professional boxer in the 1960s and 1970s. 

“I was very surprised and happy to achieve 1,000 points in my junior year,” Kaci, 17, said. “Every year I ser personal and team goals. This was one of my personal goals, so I was happy to achieve it so quickly. It was just such a crazy, outstanding feeling. I was so happy my teammate were a part of it. They played a big part in making it happen.”

Kaci averaged 23 points per game as a sophomore last season when she was a Lackawanna League All-Star. She is averaging 23 points per game with 115 points in her first five games this season. 

“My parents always teach me to work hard and give it my very best shot. That is what they tell me should always be my focus, trying my very best.”

The standout junior point guard said Holy Cross veteran basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald teaches her similar values.

“He teaches me to always work hard. And he tells me to be more patient on the court while looking for the open pass or shot”

Kaci is a three-year starter on the Lady Crusaders basketball team. She will be a three-year member of the Holy Cross softball team, although no games were played las year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She plays centerfield and was a Lackawanna League All-Star as a freshman outfielder. 

The scholar-athlete has an impressive 3.9 academic average. She is a member of the Service Club, Pro Life Club, Student Council and is class president of the junior class. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

She talked about what it takes to be a good point guard in high school basketball. 

“You need to look up and down the court and be very selective with your shot or passing the ball.”

Kaci said she wants to play basketball in college. She would like to see Sean Mendez in concert. Last year she saw Ariana Grande as a birthday present from her mom.

Kaci’s best academic subject is English. The sharp shooter said she is thinking about studying physical therapy in college. 

She talked about future goals. “Well, first I want to help our team go as far as we can in the district and state playoffs in the next two years. Then I want to get accepted to a good college, play college basketball and get a great education and finally have a good career.”

Kaci is completely enjoying her experience at Holy Cross.

“I absolutely love it here at Holy Cross,” she said. “Everyone knows each other here. It is like one big family. 

“All of the teachers and coaches are great. It is the best place to be for me. I have met so many nice people and made great friends. We are all so close. This is a family here.” 

Kaci Kranson Igniting Holy Cross Crusaders as Floor Leader

Athlete of the Month - Kaci KransonBy 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.”