McGough’s hustle is exactly what Mount Mercy needs to succeed
Friday January 11, 2013 | By:Matthew Ondesko, Community Papers of WNY Editor | Sports
SOUTH BUFFALO - The stat sheet will read six points four-of-four from the foul line, with a handful of rebounds.
What it won’t read is all the hustle, the diving on the floor, the battling for position and the all out desire game in and game out.
That’s the kind of game Mount Mercy Academy junior Kerry McGough plays. It’s not the fanciest game out there. She is asked to put 15 points and 10 rebounds a game.
What she is asked to do is give it her all every single game.
Mount Mercy coach John Glose also asked her, along with Allison Balys, to go up against the other team’s front line.
It wouldn’t be that tall of an order if it wasn’t for the fact that McGough only stands at 5-foot-5.
In fact, she is more of a guard that plays forward and center.
“Kerry is outstanding,” said Glose. “She plays forward, and is only 5-5. Her, and Allison Balys, played excellent help defense. All-around she is one of the leaders of our team.”
But don’t let her size, or lack there of, fool you. She is a very tenuous defender. And she will battle with anybody who wants to battle with her under the basket for rebounds.
She also will hit floor and grad any loose ball that she can.
McGough basically is the kind of player Glose is trying to build around as he turns the Magic back into contenders after a rough stretch that saw them getting blown out of many game the last couple of years.
“It’s all about heart (when it come to Kerry),” explained Glose. “It’s the size of her heart, not the size of her. She is willing to do it every single game. And she knows her role and does a very good job of it.”
Mount Mercy returns the court when they play host to Holy Angels at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 before traveling to Villa Maria College on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to take on Sacred Heart Academy before taking part in the Pioneer tournament on the weekend.
Mount Mercy will take on Buffalo Seminary at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Mount Mercy Academy. All proceeds for the game with go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets for the event are $5 and will include the program. There also will be WWP bracelets being sold. As well as an autograph puck from the Buffalo Sabres and autograph photos from the Buffalo Bills.
Get there early as seats will be going fast at the academy.
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