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Athlete of the Week: Cara McCarthy

Senior point guard is Bishop Kenny's "rock"

Cara McCarthy isn't usually the headliner. She's hardly ever her team's leading scorer.

But she is the glue behind Bishop Kenny's Class 5A Championship Game run a year ago. 

"She doesn't blow-up a stat sheet, but she's our leader," Crusaders head coach Chelsea Clark explained after BK's 50-33 win over Bartram Trail. "She's our rock. She's the extension of me in the locker room."

McCarthy has started every game she has been eligible to play during her four-year career at Bishop Kenny, playing the entire 40 minutes almost nightly. She says the team's off-season training and brutal schedule this winter have her more than prepared to play a full game each night.

McCarthy always has identified as a "basketball player," but she's helped build more than just a program at BK.

"It's more than basketball here," the senior explained. "It's character, leadership. We're a family."

"She's been with me for over 100 games. She's helped me build this program," Clark added.

During McCarthy's tenure, the Crusaders have gone from an 11-14 mark her freshman season to a 29-3 record and runner-up appearance at the State Tournament. They are 13-8 this year, but have played in multiple, out-of-state tournaments against top-competition. 

McCarthy hopes to attend the University of Georgia next year to study law -- but for now, she's focused on finishing her Crusaders career strong. 

"I'm living every moment because I know I'm gonna miss it."