A Small Town Girl with Big Dreams
Kelsey Thaxton drains a three-pointer.
That’s something we're used to hearing at a Generals basketball game, but it all started in Many, Louisiana.
"As soon as I could walk, I probably picked up a ball because my mom and dad coached me,” Thaxton said. “My dad coached me in the fourth grade and my dad coached me from fifth to 12th."
After graduating from Negreet High School, Thaxton made a name for herself as an LSUA sharp-shooter.
"I was off the dribble more in high school, but now it's just a green light because I have a quick release," Thaxton said.
In just her sophomore year, Kelsey has become LSUA’s all-time leading scorer and has broken the single-game scoring record. The person assisting her on a lot of those shots is one of the former record holders: Courtney Dawsey.
"It feels good just knowing I can get it to her and if she doesn't shoot it, I’m going to get on defense and tell her to shoot it the next time,” Dawsey said. “She's going to make it. She's proven me right for two years now."
You see, Courtney and Kelsey are best friends. They feed off of each other. Courtney sets up the plays, and Kelsey knocks it down.
"She’s a beast,” Dawsey said. “She's always listening, having open ears and I think it works when you have someone with a big personality and someone with a not so big personality."
"On and off the court we're really close, and it's going to be tough after this year with losing her,” Thaxton said. “We have good chemistry on and off the floor."
By the end of her career, Kelsey hopes to be remembered as a hard worker and a winner.
“My main goal is to get wins in conference and go far in the conference tournament,” Thaxton said. “That's the most important thing. I just hope that everyone remembers me as someone who played hard and gave it their all every game. It’s not about the points or anything, just the person I am on and off the court.”