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Worthington helps to lead Daniel Boone boy's basketball team


By Matt Dietterick, For Journal Register News Service

Friday, January 11, 2013

With the 2012 basketball season well underway, the Daniel Boone Blazers are slowly getting to where they want to be. At 1-1 in a tough Section 1 of the Berks League, and 4-5 overall, the team has a significant way to go, but they appear headed in the right direction with players such as senior Julian Gerhart and a myriad of juniors including Kenny Worthington.
With the team on the verge of a .500 record, Worthington said, Were doing what we can so far this season. Weve had a couple of tough losses coming in and a tough Christmas break, but were trying to win a few more games and gel together. We have a strong bunch and were trying to get things rolling again. Were on a little bit of a losing streak right now, and were trying to pile up the victories.
Worthington went on to say that the squad is trying to play for a spot in districts, and then the playoffs. To do that the junior said the team must come together as a unit, play a little stronger, and get everyone reading off of the same page.
For himself, Worthington noted, I want to play the best basketball I can this season. Thats the only thing any of us can hope to do. Im working hard every day, my teammates are pushing me to give 110%, and Im pushing them as well. As a whole, we can all do this together.
Worthington leads the Blazers in scoring with almost 15 points per contest.
Its not really about points for me, said Worthington. The points come but theyre not really the most important thing. I just want to go out there and help my team win games. My teammates have helped me tremendously. Stephon Williams has given me some good passes, Dan (Downs) has provided me with great screens, and were all trying to do this together. Its not all about one person. Its not about me, its about us.
In his approach going into a game, Worthington said he only thinks about playing as hard as he possibly can. He said, I think the whole team does that, and its best for what were trying to accomplish.
Worthington also said with being one of eight juniors on the squad, he feels like a big part of the team. Each player has a role and he just tries to do his part. Worthington just goes out there and tries to make plays. He also noted that he gives a tremendous effort when playing defense, stopping his man whenever necessary.
I try to keep everyone together as well. When I fall, my teammates are right there for me. The entire starting five, in my mind, are leaders on this team.
The junior said hes more of a physical leader on the floor, getting to the basket when he has a chance to, and trying to make his play better all around.
Worthington is not afraid to speak his mind if something needs to be said.
If I need to say something to a teammate, put something in his ear to motivate him, I will, said Worthington. When there is a time to speak up, you have to do it, and Im one of the guys that can.
With only one senior on the team in the likes of Julian Gerhart, Worthington said the dichotomy is both good and bad. He noted, We dont have all the leadership on the team because were (the juniors) not all that experienced. Julian does a great job in relaying the knowledge he has, and hes a great player in his own right. This is a learning experience for us and were all trying to figure it out. As time goes on though, things will only get better because we are a little young right now, and we really just need to grow as a team.
Worthington said the group is getting better and better every day, and said that the team will go as far as they can with what they have right now, and it bodes well for the future.
The experience playing with seven other juniors must be something special, and Worthington said, Its been great. Weve been playing together all our lives, so we know each other. Then again, were a little inexperienced (in high school varsity play), but well get better in time. The more we play together, the better team well be. Who knows how good well be in the future.
Worthington said that hes very anxious to make some noise with this hungry group next season. Theyre looking to have a lot of veteran talent, and in the juniors words, Its going to be great.
Ultimately, Worthington noted, To be successful this season, we have to play as a single entity. We need to be focused on the defensive end of the court. If we can stop the opponent, theres no way they can beat us. Its just that simple.