Moore’s Kelsi Fitzgerald – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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By John Tranchina

In her senior year, Kelsi Fitzgerald has taken it upon herself to step up as a leader for the Moore basketball squad, although it’s pretty much a case of her just acting naturally.

“I just kind of naturally take care of people, I don’t want to say like a mother, but that’s kind of how I am sometimes, kind of that older figure that they can look up to and ask questions,” Fitzgerald said of her role. “I do consider myself a leader on the court, making sure everybody knows where they’re going and what they’re doing, and just kind of getting everybody focused in and just kind of taking care of everybody. That’s kind of how I see it.”

Fitzgerald, a 5-foot-8 guard who also plays soccer at Moore, was eagerly looking forward to the upcoming Class 6A playoffs, as the Lions owned a 17-4 record and was ranked No. 3 in the state heading into the playoffs.

“I think it’s gone pretty well,” Fitzgerald said of the season, which includes a stretch in which Moore went 15-1. “I’m really impressed with how far we’ve come and I’m looking forward to how we’ll do in the playoffs. I’m just going to continue to play my role and just see if I can lead us to a state championship.”



Between playing two sports, being involved in Moore’s student council and also taking classes at Oklahoma City Community College, Fitzgerald has a very busy schedule.

“I don’t have a whole lot of free time,” she said. “It gets challenging sometimes, but I just know I’m working towards a goal and that if I push in these (OCCC) classes, it will make my college life a little easier when I get to college.”

Fitzgerald will be attending Bethel College in Newton, Kansas next year to continue playing basketball and is excited to join that program.

“They made me feel like family, they made my relationship about more than basketball, they wanted to see me grow as a person, not just a basketball player,” Fitzgerald said, citing why she chose Bethel. “So that really drew me towards there. The players, they seem like they have a blast. I want to go somewhere where I feel like I can enjoy my next four years of college.”



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