Mint Hill Featured Athletes Of The Week

Kamryn Kitchen swishes a jump shot over 6'5" Blanca Thomas. (Photo by Ron Morris)
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Athlete of the Week: 

Kamryn Kitchen – The Independence sophomore who is the Patriots PG/SG had another outstanding performance on the hardcourt. The talented basketball athlete has been a consistent performer and has shown more maturity as she develops her skills both physically and emotionally on the court. Her leadership, floor awareness, and game management have been exceptional this season.

Kitchen arrived as a highly touted freshman last season, she displayed her excellent shooting skills, defensive potential, passing ability and overall court awareness. She is an athlete with all upside potential. She also worked extremely well and complemented Kaylee Carson in the backcourt making them the best guard combination in the conference and arguably in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Unfortunately, Carson the Conference MVP suffered an ACL injury and will not return until next season her senior year. This may have put some additional pressure on Kitchen to step up her game. She has responded beautifully and has grown as a player and has shown her maturity over last season. Kitchen has become the team leader on the hardwood for the Lady Patriots and seems to thrive on her new role.

In the last two games she has has accumulated 36 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 11 steals, 1 block, and 7 deflections. Against Charlotte Catholic in Indy’s 62-61 upset victory over the #1 Cougars she scored 19 points, drilled key shots when needed, a 3-pointer with under 2:00 minutes remaining in the game, while adding 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals, 1 block and 3 deflections. Her all around contribution made a significant difference in the final outcome which led to a winning basket with 16 seconds remaining by teammate Jessica Worthey.

Honorable Mention:

Jessica Worthey – The junior from Independence also had a tremendous week for the Lady Patriots. She scored 38 points in the last two games, grabbed 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks and 2 deflections. She hit the winning basket with seconds remaining in the upset victory over Charlotte Catholic from the top of the key to secure the 62-61 upset on the road.

Chloe Moss – The consistent hard working junior SF showed her durability and grit this past week. Especially against the Lady Cougars, she scored 12 points, hauled down 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 6 deflections in the win. While against the Lady Warriors from Weddington, “Miss Consistency” scored 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and 2 deflections.

Kameron Jasper – The Patriots PG/SG continues to be a bright spot in the backcourt for the Independence basketball team. Over the weekend in two games he scored 15 points and 12 points in a tournament. He also grabbed 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 12 steals and 4 tips for a weekend of good work. Then led the team with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 deflections while shooting 60% from the floor in all 3 games combined.

Jaxon Neely – The freshman continues to have a solid year. He is averaging 21.5 minutes per game, 15.7 PPG, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.7 blocks for the QGHS Stallions.

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