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Edwards becomes a hidden gem for unbeaten O’Hara

The Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball team has a hidden gem on its roster in guard Keyonte Edwards. Despite the Hawks’ undefeated record, Edwards hasn’t received much recognition around the league.

“I think she is the best kept secret in Western New York,” head coach Dan McDermott said of Edwards.

Edwards recently helped O’Hara beat Sacred Heart in dramatic fashion as she finished with 17 points, eight deflections, six rebounds and five steals in the battle of unbeaten Monsignor Martin teams.

McDermott admitted that if Edwards continues to perform at such a high level in big games, she won’t be a secret for much longer.

“If she has a couple more games like this, everyone will be talking about her,” he noted.

An aggressive player, Edwards is a relentless defender that runs on a non-stop motor. Edwards’ tenacious style of play often leaves opponents helpless. She quickly swarms her opponent and many times either forces a pass or turnover, which she often turns into points.

Edwards is a remarkably effective defender and takes pride in that aspect of her game.

“I’m a defensive player. I get my points from my defense,” said Edwards. “If I’m on defense, I try to get a steal, then I’m all alone and score. I play offense through my defense.”

A big reason for the Hawks’ success is their aggressive style of defense. O’Hara is constantly pressuring its opponents, and it seems that energy is amplified when Edwards is in the game.

Edwards approaches each game unafraid of her opponent, and it appears her fearlessness rubs off on teammates.

“We play hard in practice so we go much harder in the games,” said Edwards. “Some teams just worry about getting their points on offense, but we are an aggressive, defensive team. We all work very hard on defense.”

While Edwards fancies herself a defensive player, her coach believes that she has proven valuable on the other side of the court.

“The main thing is the way she is finishing on offense this year,” said McDermott. “She’s taking the ball to the basket strongly and she’s knocking down shots from the outside. She’s basically a complete player now whereas the past two years she was primarily a defensive ace and a rebounder for us. Now she’s the complete package and I just can’t say enough about her.”


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