Johnson looks to lead by example for Clarion women’s basketball

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Redshirt freshman Kelly Johnson was named co-captain of the Clarion women’s basketball team before even she took a single shot in her college career.
While some would question what qualifies her to assume this position, her story up until this point provides the answer.
Johnson, who is from the Pittsburgh area, played a big part in one of the most dominating girls basketball dynasties while attending high school at Mount Lebanon.
While playing varsity basketball all four of her years there, Johnson had a combined record of 110-12 and won three WPIAL and PIAA championships.
She names this as one of her greatest basketball accomplishments up until this point.
With the many team accomplishments that Johnson enjoyed in high school, she also received an abundance of individual awards.
She was named to the all-state team in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
She was also named PIAA State Championship Most Valuable Player when her team took home the championship Arch Bishop Carroll in 2011.
Her most prestigious award came her senior year when she was named as one of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s “Fab Five” team.
Johnson sees all this experience and her winning attitude to Clarion women’s basketball team.
“The best feeling in the world is winning a championship, and I want my teammates to experience something bigger than all of us,” Johnson said.
Before deciding to come to Clarion, Johnson drew interest from many Division I schools such as the University of Cincinnati, Duquesne University and Ohio University.
While being named captain of her team as a freshman is an oddity when it comes to colligate sports, Johnson said she feels that she is ready to take on the challenge.
She can also see where people have trouble understanding why she was named captain.
“I see where they’re coming from. I played no minutes last season, and I was a redshirt, but what they most likely don’t know is what I’m capable of bringing to the table. Whether I played last year or not, it’s a new year and a new team,” Johnson said.
However, she did provide some determining final words about her doubters.
“I hope to prove those people wrong,” Johnson said.
Even though she is younger than many of her teammates, Johnson sees her biggest responsibility as a captain to lead by example on and off the court.
“As a captain, your teammates have to trust you to tear them apart when they need it, but build them up and be their biggest fan any other time, Johnson said.
Off the court, Johnson has taken responsibility to organize her team gatherings and make sure her teammates are always prompt and on time.
On the court Johnson has also done a more than accommodating job by leading by example.
In the five games that she has played up until this point, Johnson is scoring 12.5 points per game, while giving out three assist and four steals with only one turnover per game while averaging 26 minutes of playing time coming off the bench.

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