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February 24, 2013

Kalkaska's Guy overcomes knee problems

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“That’s what we work for,” Guy said of all the success. “I don’t know if I expected it to be this good, but we work really hard.”

Guy has been part of the Blazer basketball program since elementary school. She became the team’s ball girl, then the statistician.

“I’ve worked my way up,” she said, laughing.

Dalton said he’s been working with her since “second or third grade.” Guy even started going to varsity team camps when she was in middle school.

The 17-year-old grew up in a sports family. She often played basketball in the drive with her older brothers Jeff and Dan. And if it wasn’t basketball, it would be hockey on the family’s ice rink in the backyard.

“They never took it easy on me,” Guy said.

Well, opponents are saying that about Kelli Guy now. The sharpshooter is hitting at a near 53 percent clip from the floor.

“We were down 18 at Boyne City (earlier in the season) and Kelli made 11 of her last 14 shots, including a bunch of threes,” Dalton said. “That’s freaky stuff. She scored 30 against Elk Rapids (a week ago last Friday) and was six of six on threes.”

For the season, Guy is averaging 25.6 points, 5.2 assists and 3.7 steals per game. She could score even more, but Dalton said she’s an unselfish player who enjoys passing and setting up her teammates just as much.

“She doesn’t feel comfortable shooting when we’re ahead,” Dalton said. “I respect that.”

“I just try to have a balanced game,” Guy said.

And where did she develop such accuracy shooting the ball?

“It wasn’t from me,” her father said, laughing. “In fact, she corrects me all the time. I played basketball in high school, but my shot was terrible. We owe it all to coach Dalton. Kelli loves the game and is pretty coachable and Dave has worked a lot with her.”

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