Competitive Warrior: Robertson leading way for Sherando this season

Sherando's Kathryn Robertson drives past Spotswood's Stephanie Ouderkirk during their game on Dec. 6 in Stephens City. Robertson leads the area in rebounding and is one of the Warriors top scorers this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

STEPHENS CITY — Kathryn Robertson is competitive.

The Sherando senior girls basketball player hustles after every loose ball she can get to. Sherando girls basketball coach Mike Marsh said her competitiveness rubs off on the rest of the team.

“Kathryn is probably the most fierce competitor I’ve ever coached,” Marsh said. “She literally lays her body on the line every game. …She’s got one attitude towards it and that’s compete with my very, very best — and that’s what she gives us all the time. There’s never any time where we get any less from her. And the thing about it is it’s contagious to the team. As aggressive as she is, that’s as aggressive as we are. And which is quite a benefit for us at many times.”

The 5-foot-5 point guard leads the Warriors this season in many categories, including rebounding.

Robertson said she’s always been competitive at everything whether it’s board games or sports.

“I’m a really competitive person,” Robertson said. “So if we get down, I’m determined to come back. And I think it helps me a lot with how I play and not getting down on myself.”

This is Robertson’s fourth year on Sherando’s varsity team. Robertson said she learned a lot from 2015 Sherando graduate Erin Magalis, who was the point guard during Robertson’s freshman year.

In her sophomore year, Robertson took over the starting point guard duties for the Warriors. Robertson said she loves being the point guard.

“I just like being able to handle the ball,” Robertson said. “I feel like when I’m handling the ball I have a better idea of what’s going on. I see more than when I don’t have the ball.”

In her first three seasons, Robertson played with three 1,000-point scorers (Heidi Brown, Jess Hakel and Davina Lane). This season Robertson has had to take on more of a scoring role and Marsh said she’s doing a great job.

Robertson is averaging 7.5 points per game. She leads the team and the area in rebounding, averaging 7.5 rebounds per contest.

“I get put down low a lot, because I’m kind of one of our taller guards, I guess,” Robertson said. “I don’t mind. I like rebounding. And I think since I’m small I really focus on boxing out. And so that helps me get a lot of rebounds.”

Robertson is also averaging 2.2 steals, and is second in the area in assists per game (3.6).

Robertson said she enjoys getting assists as much as scoring.

“Honestly, making a really nice pass to a person and having them score feels just as good as me scoring my own points,” Robertson said. “I love it when I can help my teammates score and do well.”

Marsh said he usually has Robertson defend one of the opponent’s best players and she does a great job with that as well.

Robertson is also a standout tennis player for Sherando. Robertson said that once tennis season is over she usually goes to open gyms at Sherando and plays on summer and fall league basketball teams to get ready for the high school basketball season.

Robertson said that she’s always enjoyed playing basketball because of the fast pace.

“If you make a mistake you don’t have time to think about it,” Robertson said. “You just have to focus on getting the ball back and making up for the mistake on offense or defense, whichever one.”

The Warriors are 7-6 this season with a young, inexperienced squad.

Robertson said she thinks the team is improving.

“I think overall we’re doing well,” Robertson said. “I think we’re learning a lot along the way. We’re learning a lot about how we can play together and just learning from our mistakes and trying to get better each game.”

Sherando hosts Handley tonight in a Northwestern District contest.

Robertson said it’s starting to sink in that it’s her senior season and she wants to do as well as she possibly can.

“I’m just trying to make memories while it still counts,” Robertson said. “I always want to go out strong. And I don’t want to regret anything, not trying anything.”

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