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Press photo by Nancy ScholzVictoria Keenan isn’t about personal goals this season but wants to help her team go as far as it can in the postseason. Press photo by Nancy ScholzVictoria Keenan isn’t about personal goals this season but wants to help her team go as far as it can in the postseason.

A Team Player

Friday, January 11, 2019 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Kids Victoria Keenan just wants team to go as far as it can this postseason

Victoria Keenan is usually straight to the point.

When asked what she does to get away from basketball, the Northampton senior guard doesn’t mince her words.

“Nothing,” said Keenan. “I guess I am pretty boring.”

On the court, however, Keenan surely isn’t humdrum.

The Seton Hall-bound recruit is on pace to finish her career as one of the all-time leading scorers in Northampton girls’ basketball history. She began the 10th girl to crack the 1,000-point career mark in early January last year, and she could surpass former teammate Aja Blount, who finished second on the list with 1,767 points (2013-16).

“That’s when I felt like I was a complete player,” said Keenan about when she eclipsed the career mark. “I felt like everything really came together for me then.

“I just want to go out there do everything I can to help my team win.”

Keenan missed the K-Kids first three game this season with a knuckle injury. She returned in a 66-39 win over Emmaus and scored a game-high 23 points, looking like she never left the lineup.

“She hasn’t missed a beat since coming back from her injury,” said head coach Jeff Jacksits. “Her defensive play has improved helping her to become a more complete player and transition to the next level.

“I believe that if she continues to improve her defensive play to go along with her outstanding offensive play, she will have the potential to lead us to a league and district championship.”

It didn’t take Keenan long to show her potential as she made a splash as a freshman, positing a double-figure average and forming a potent one-two punch with Blount.

Now, Keenan – or “V” as he likes to be called – can help form a lethal trifecta with fellow senior Jenna Rogers and sophomore Morgan Sterner, all of whom have helped the Kids to a 7-2 record this season.

Keenan also dismisses any personal records or approaches that would make this year unique.

“I just want to try and help Jenna get her 1K,” said Keenan about Rogers, who is roughly 300 points shy of the mark. “We really work well together.

“We know if we all work hard and can keep scoring in double figures, we can get to the district championship. I really haven’ thought about any personal goals this season. I just want us to go as far as we can.”

Looking back, it has been a quick descent for her.

“It has been a fast four years,” said Keenan. “I was able to adjust pretty quickly my freshman year.

“I really didn’t have to work a lot on my game, but I just had to get used to the speed of the game. I knew I had to play with confidence out there.”

Keenan plans to pursue a degree in athletic training and want to stay involved with sports.