Kaylea Watson, a 5-8 junior guard from Arapahoe, sank 16 of 18 shots and broke her school record with 38 points against Pleasanton. One miss was from 3-point range; she made two others from long distance. She also went 4 of 5 from the line. Watson is averaging 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.8 assists for the Warriors (10-2). She’s made 20 3-pointers in the past 12 games. She also plays volleyball and has qualified for state in the hurdles.
Did it feel like you couldn’t miss?
No. It was just one of those games. It felt good.
How did you score?
Most of the points came off of layups. They played man to man and they didn’t have very good help side defense.
What is your best move?
Cross over and dribble to the basket.
What was the reaction afterward?
I got a lot of compliments. A lot of people asked me how many points I had and congratulated me.
Do you work a lot on your shooting? You’ve made 82 of 165 attempts this season.
We usually have two-hour practices. On weekends, I’ll come into the gym and shoot for a couple of hours.
You said basketball is your favorite and you’ve been playing since you were small. What do you like about it?
Just being out there as a team, being out there with my friends and being able to spend a lot of time with them.
Your mom, Amy, is an assistant coach. Is that difficult for you?
I like it most of the time. Sometimes it’s kind of hard, but she helps me out a lot.
When is it hard?
When she tries to correct something. I sometimes get a little mad. She helps me with my shot. We’ll watch game film and she’ll help me out.
What are your goals for the year?
Keep playing, keep winning and make it to state. Win a couple of games at state.
Have you been to state before?
We went to state last year. We got beat pretty bad by the No. 1 seed, Guardian Angels Central Catholic. It was a really good experience to go down and play in that atmosphere.
Do you have a basketball idol?
My parents went to college to play basketball. That’s my goal, too. My mom played at McCook and my dad, Tedd, played at Northeast Community College.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I eat a candy bar before every game. During the boys’ JV games, I always eat a Snickers.