Kitko doing it all for Damsels

Name: Emma Kitko

School: Moshannon Valley

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Kitko had 16 points and six steals in a 51-39 win over Williamsburg, 25 points in a 64-42 win over Curwensville and 26 points in a 73-45 win over West Branch. Mo Valley clinched the Moshannon Valley League title.

Season update: Kitko averages 17.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game for the 10-8 Damsels

Coach Mary Jo Kitko’s quote: “Emma is depended on to run the Damsel offense. She’s been a point guard her entire basketball career. At times, as a coach, I take it for granted because I know she’ll give her all. She’s that kind of player — she’ll shoot, pass, take a charge — all for the good of the team.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Eason

Favorite subject: Chemistry

Favorite movie: “Pitch Perfect 3”

Favorite food: Buffalo chicken salads

Favorite song: “God’s Plan” by Drake

Outside interests: Fishing, hunting, being with my family and friends

Favorite professional team: Golden State Warriors

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Stephen Curry

Best athlete I ever competed against: Bellwood-Antis’ Karson Swogger

Most influential person on my athletic career: My mom, Mary Jo Kitko

Proudest athletic achievement: State free throw champion when I was 13

How I got my start in basketball: “My sister Hannah played, and I wanted to play too.”

Future goal: Keep playing basketball and pursue a career in the medical field

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