Scholar Athlete: Kendrick basketball player Destiny Murph
For Destiny Murph, it’s quite a feat to maintain a 3.7 GPA. Especially, when a part of the Kendrick girls basketball team.
"We practice real, real hard," Murph said. "There’s a lot of running involved."
A squad who’s pushed to the limit each and every day, but Murph said it’s paid off. During her first year on the varsity squad, the Cherokees went 29-0 that ended with a state championship. As a senior, she’s seeing a lot more playing time and wants nothing more than to end her career with another title. She says they can do that if they stick together as a team.
"You gotta just help each other and push each other," she said. "Most of them are underclassmen so you’ve got to work extra hard to try and play up to your standards that you’re supposed to play to as a senior."
And for Murph, the intense practices have made her a better player. In the lady Cherokees first round playoff game on Tuesday, she had a team high 19 points as they advanced to the next round. Her coach, Sterling Hicks, is proud of how far she’s come since she joined the team.
"Just her shot, becoming more consistent as a player," Hicks said. "She’s dependable. She’s gonna always be here, be here at practice and is gonna go hard every day."
An athlete who finds the time to do well on the court and in the classroom. With an A- average, the future is looking bright. Murph says she plans on attending college to study physical therapy and is right now embracing the title of a scholar athlete.
"It means a lot," she said. "I try real hard to make good grades and do this because we practice a lot so I have to find a way to balance my work and practice and games."