Surrounded by sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup, North Harrison senior Kendra Lambert had to shed her quiet demeanor and develop into the floor leader for the Lady Cats basketball team. She is averaging 21 points per game.
With so many young teammates, how did you have to change as a person?
I’ve had to become more of a vocal leader this year, telling the younger players what to do and making them feel confident out on the court. I’ve usually been the leader by example, so this year I’ve had to step up and talk more on the floor.
You also had to change your game, from a set perimeter shooter to a slasher. How tough was that transformation?
I knew I had to open up my game. It was one of the things I focused on, really to drive and get my shot. I worked a lot during the summer and off-season to change my game.
What defines a good leader?
You have to be confident in yourself and know that what you’re doing is showing them how strong they can be. I’ve always been one to take control, and that will help me in life, to step up and help everybody.
What do you love about basketball?
I’ve always loved watching the game and playing, the competition and going up against people. I’ve always had a competitive nature. I’m that way in everything I do. I never want to lose. I always want to do my best.
Who has been the main influence on your life?
I would have to say both of my parents. They’ve really supported me a lot, in everything I’ve done. They’ve told me what to do, how to play, they’ve been there for me the whole time. Most of the time, I usually listen and pay attention.
What pointed you toward majoring in physical therapy in college?
I’ve always wanted to do something to help people. Last year I dislocated my left ankle in volleyball and had to through that whole process, and that got me really interested in it, to help people when they get injured.
The 3-A sectional at Charlestown will be loaded, with No. 6 Madison and six teams with winning records. What kind of challenge will that present?
The competition will be tough. Our sectional is wide open, and we know we have a good shot if we can keep the younger players calm and confident on the court.
As a member of the Cougar Crazies, is that the time you can go a little nuts at a basketball game?
I definitely like cheering the other teams when they play. It’s definitely a good time to let loose.
KENDRA LAMBERT UP CLOSE
* North Harrison * Senior * Parents John and Pam; sisters Kristina (28) and Kayla (22) * Kendra is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Relay for Life, and the Cougar Crazies. She has also played high school softball and volleyball. She plans to major in physical therapy in college. * Kendra is an outstanding young woman, on and off the court. She is a very quiet, humble young lady. However, she is very driven and competitive athletically and academically. It’s been a privilege to coach her and watch her grow as a person and athlete. Kendra leads our team in more ways that scoring. She works hard every day in practice setting the tone for everyone else. Her best years are yet to come at the collegiate level.”School:Year: Family: Student/athlete: Coach Missy Voyles: “
— Justin Sokeland