Kennedy the shepherd

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Bible Hill resident happy to be home and leading the Rams

Rhonda Kennedy’s experience at the CIS level has been a valuable asset for the NSAC Rams this season. The younger players have been soaking up everything they can from the 22-year-old Bible Hill resident. Matt Veno – Truro Daily News

TRURO – Pressure situations – they separate the best from the rest and they’re where Rhonda Kennedy thrives.

“When you know people are following you and looking up to you then the pressure is on,” the personable 22-year-old Bible Hill resident said. “And you’ve go to push yourself that much harder.”

Thanks to her experience at the CIS level, the Bachelor of Science student is well equipped to perform when others are counting on her and will do so Friday when the Rams (1-9) host the Kings Blue Devils (5-4) at 6 p.m. at Langille Athletic Centre. The same matchup on the men’s side goes at 8 p.m.

After standing out with the Cobequid Cougars through three years of high school, Kennedy decided to pursue an education at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007-08. After a season with the Golden Hawks, Kennedy transferred to Saint Mary’s University, where after missing a season due to CIS transfer rules, she hit the court with the Huskies last season.

Having the chance to compete in the CIS only elevated her game.

“Yeah I’ve seen a lot of things and played in a lot of different leagues with a lot of different players and it’s really brought my skills together,” she said.

“They’ve really taught me how to work hard, that work ethic is the key to success. You’re never going to get better if you keep doing the same things so you’ve got to keep going to the gym every day and trying new things.”

Now Kennedy’s influence is being felt by the Rams. She is the team’s scoring leader, arguably their best player and the team’s undisputed leader.

“She’s definitely a great role model,” said rookie Bridget Wilson. “She’s always positive and happy and so modest, even when she’s obviously the best player on the team. She’s always very encouraging. On and off the court she’s a star.”

But for all she contributes on the floor to the struggling Rams, who sit last in the seven-team ACAA table, her leadership qualities are her most significant.

“She’s got a very strong work ethic,” said Rams coach Shelly Roberts. “When the younger players watch her they can't believe some of the things she’s doing and they try to push themselves to do what she’s doing.”

That’s the kind of leader Kennedy is. She would rather rally the troops by example than try to be an inspiration vocally. She said she’s flattered to have been placed in such a role by her teammates.

“If people like to follow my work ethic, or my style of play then that’s a great honour,” she said.

Like great leaders, she doesn’t let the role go to her head.

“She’s very humble,” Roberts said.

But that’s all secondary to Kennedy. She’s just enjoying being back home and having fun playing basketball.

“It's so much fun,” she said with a beaming smile. “It’s one of the best team’s I’ve been on personality-wise. Everyone gets along perfectly. We’re all friends and there’s a great atmosphere here.”

sports@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Rams, Kings Blue Devils, Langille Athletic Centre Wilfrid Laurier University

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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