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An infusion of experience from Amaryah Basi is going a long way toward helping to rebuild the girls’ basketball program at Frances Kelsey Secondary.
Basi, 15, a Grade 10 student, is new to the school after attending Reynolds Secondary in Victoria but basketball is old hat for her.
“I was being taught by my dad since I was little,’’ she said. “When I was 10, I started playing night league in Victoria. When I got into middle school, Grade 7, I started playing with an actual school team.’’
Now Basi is the leader of a group of Kelsey junior girls trying to find their way as a unit.
“In the beginning when I started with the team, I didn’t know what to expect. Now, it’s just fun. We’re all friends, we know each other. We work as a team, getting better every game, every practice.’’
Coach Terry Abbott is appreciative of the leadership Basi brings at point guard.
“She plays a lot of minutes — leading the offense, running the offense,’’ he said.
“She does a great job also as the captain of the team, leading the warm-up. It was great to have her skillset and it’s a great example for the kids to see that level of basketball so she’s a wonderful asset.’’