Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hempfield's Kason Harrell, Jeannette's Ciara Gregory
Claim to fame: Harrell scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Hempfield (3-0) to a 81-37 win over Belle Vernon on Friday and had 12 points in a 61-57 win over McKeesport Saturday at the Hempfield Tip-Off Tournament. On Monday, Harrell scored 19 points to lead the Spartans to a 68-40 win over Penn Hills.
What did you work on in the offseason?
I wanted to work on being more aggressive and getting to basket. Last year, my game consisted of me shooting a lot of 3s. This year, I want to get better with working without the ball and getting to the basket more often.
What are your individual and team goals for this year?
As a team, we want to work hard not to just win the section but to go deep into the playoffs. If we work hard in the playoffs we could make a deep run and possibly get to the WPIAL championship. I just want to be a factor for my team. I want to help getting rebounds and help the team win in any way.
What do you guys need to do to make a deep run in the playoffs?
We need to keep doing what we know we have to do with defending and being aggressive. If we keep our intensity up, we have a shot to go deep in the playoffs.
Who is your favorite NBA player?
I love watching Kobe (Bryant). I like how Kobe is aggressive going to the basket. Also, I like how he shoots over top of people and keeps working on his game.
If you could meet someone famous, who would it be and why?
I would say Kevin Durant. I just like his personality, and I think it would be awesome to meet him.
Claim to fame: Gregory, who will attend Charlotte next season, scored 40 points to lead Jeannette (1-1) to a 70-66 win over Franklin Regional in the Franklin Regional Tournament on Friday. Gregory followed with a 39-point game against Mt. Pleasant, a 61-53 loss for the Jayhawks.
“I thought we played really good. On Friday, we executed our offense real well and our coach was happy with us,” Gregory said. “On Saturday, we did well but I wish we could have won that one. But, we had a better start than the previous years. I don't think we won any games in the previous two tip-off tournaments.”
What did you like about Charlotte?
It just has a great tradition down there. They have a new coaching staff. They are a perfect fit. When I went for my visit, the girls and the coaches were very welcoming.
During the offseason, what did you work on to improve your game?
I worked on my shot. I want my shot to be more consistent.
How do you think the team will do in section play this season?
I think we have a great team this year. If we can play hard and work hard, we can definitely win our section.
What has the best piece of advice you have received?
It would have to be that not everything just comes to you. You have to work hard and earn everything you have in life.
— Andrew John