AOM: Knox knocks out the competition

Eliza Carlton, Features Editor

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The Reynolds girls basketball team has had to deal with the loss of many strong senior players over the past few years. However, senior Kay Knox has certainly been a positive addition to the team. Though she didn’t spend her underclassman years at Reynolds, she brought both skill and enthusiasm to the team upon joining.  

Knox made the varsity team during her junior year, when she transferred to Reynolds.  

 “I played basketball for North Davidson freshman and sophomore year after recovering from a hip injury,” Knox said.  

Knox has grown up surrounded by basketball practically her entire life.  She began playing recreationally and was instantly drawn to the sport. Now, Knox also plays for a competitive AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) team despite the recovery from her hip injury.

“I’ve played basketball for 13 years,” Knox said. “I started playing in the YMCA League when I was five.”

Though she loves the sport, Knox does not plan on continuing to play at the collegiate level.  However, she has big plans to pursue other things and wants to continue to work hard in a more academic setting when she graduates from Reynolds.

“I do not plan on playing basketball in college,” Knox said. “I would like to focus on being a Nurse and going to medical school at Wake Forest University.”

With this being her last season of playing basketball, Knox will miss a lot about the sport and also her team.  

“One of my favorite memories playing for Reynolds was probably both of our team bonding activities at escape rooms and the auxiliary gym,” Knox said.   

Knox’s teammates agree that they will miss Knox as both a player and a friend next season.  

“Kay is an incredibly smart player,” junior Rosabelle Milner said.  “She has good court vision and is really good at constructive criticism. She’s been playing for years, so she knows the theme. She tells us ways we can improve while also encouraging us. I think the team will miss her positive attitude and the way she pushes us all to get better in practice and on the court during games.”

Reynolds is lucky to have a player like Knox, even if it was only for a short stint of time. She has contributed tremendously as both a player and teammate.

“I will miss my teammates, my coaches and being able to laugh and have fun while playing my favorite sport,” Knox said.