January 13, 2011

Kelly Meredith featured in Boston Globe

Courtesy of Bob Blanchard and the Boston Globe

Kelly Meredith, who still holds the career scoring mark, male or female, at Franklin High with 1,632 points, is enjoying a breakthrough junior season with the women’s basketball team at Assumption College.

The 5-foot-10 forward was pacing the Northeast-10 Conference in scoring (20.1 points per game) through last weekend, while leading the Greyhounds to a 10-3 overall record and 8-1 mark in the conference.

“She’s a physical presence, an aggressive player who gets double-teamed and covered by taller players who have a tough time stopping her,’’ said Assumption head coach Kerry Phayre. “Kelly doesn’t have a lot of post moves and she’s not a finesse player, but for her it’s all about determination and playing hard.’’

Meredith, who also ranks third on the Greyhounds in rebounding (5.4 per game), was initially projected as a guard. But Phayre put her in the front court to take advantage of her ability to beat defenders to the basket, and also step back and hit three-pointers.

“And if she’s double-teamed she does a great job at kicking the ball out to a teammate,’’ added Phayre, whose squad will host NE-10 leader Bentley on Saturday afternoon. “Kelly played behind some talented upper-class players while getting a taste of the college game her freshman year, but this is her time now.’’

A Hockomock League MVP and two-time Globe All-Scholastic at Franklin, Meredith is joined on the Greyhounds roster by starting sophomore point guard Katy Howard, a former Medway High standout, and freshman guard Lindsey Roche of Arlington, who helped lead Arlington Catholic High to four state tournament appearances.

The 5-foot-9 Howard, a starter since her freshman season at Assumption, was averaging 7.5 points and 2.3 rebounds, and was leading the team with 34 assists. She had also connected on 8 of 19 3-pointers and had 5 blocks and 10 steals. The 5-foot-8 Roche has been worked into the lineup off the bench.

“Katy made our conference’s all-rookie team last season and she can hit the 3’s and set up her teammates when she’s at the top of her game,’’ said Phayre.

“She just had a very good game against UMass-Lowell, she’s adapting well to her role, and she understands what we want her to do,’’ she added.

“And Lindsey is starting to show some real steps forward. She’s a great shooter who is adjusting to the intensity of the college game,’’ said Phayre.