Only a freshman on the Heritage girls’ basketball team, Cydney Johnson has already been a big part of program history.
The Huskies’ 46-37 win over rival Wakefield on Jan. 20 was the first in their five-year history.
Johnson led the game with 24 points.
“Coach (Pat) Kennedy kept telling me to drive to the basket,” Johnson said about what worked for her that night. “They kept fouling me. I made the free throws to help the team.”
Along with helping Heritage defeat the Wolverines for the first time, the 5-foot-9 forward is also the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. She averages 15.6 points and 6.7 boards.
Johnson said she has been playing basketball since she was about 5. She watched the sport on television and decided to try it.
“I just like it,” she said, “so I kept on playing.”
Johnson also plays softball, but will focus on the hardwood as a high school player.
She was familiar with some of the athletes at Wakefield during the matchup, since Johnson attended Wakefield Middle School.
“I played with most of them,” she said. “It was cool. I usually play with them, and I was playing against them.”
Johnson said the Huskies have embraced her as a freshman varsity player. Amd with how she performs on the court, it’s hard not to.
The Golden State Warriors fan said she enjoys competing in the program because the team is close and the coaches encourage her to get better.
Johnson has big goals for her future – in high school and beyond.
“I guess I have to keep working to get up there and get better,” she said. “I want to focus on basketball, try to get into college and maybe the WNBA.”
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Sport / Position: Basketball / Forward
Fun fact: Favorite WNBA player is Skylar Diggins