“He taught me the form,” Kelli Guy said. “He’s the best.”
That admiration is mutual. On Friday, Dalton spoke to his five seniors in a pre-game meeting, telling each what they meant to him. When he got to Guy, he didn’t mention numbers or wins.
“I told her how much I appreciated her commitment and the fact that every single time I talked to her she sat up straight and looked me in the eye,” Dalton said. “Whatever I would tell her, she would nod her head and then try her best to do it.”
Dalton called Friday “an emotional” night. But it was tempered by the fact the Blazers season is not over.
“I’m excited,” Guy said about the post-season. “We have to keep it going as long as possible. I’m ready for a tournament run.”
When the season does end, Guy can look forward to a collegiate career at Michigan Tech. She was a top recruit for the Huskies. Guy’s mom, Susan, and grandfather, the late Dr. William Kitti, attended Tech. Kitti played basketball and ran track.
Former Blazer star Maria Kasza is an assistant coach there.
“Kelli worked hard for that scholarship,” Dalton said, “but it wasn’t work for her.”
Looking back, Gary Guy said his daughter’s knee problem may have had a positive impact.
“Being off that amount of time and watching the game was difficult for her, but in the long run it’s really made her hungrier,” he said. “I think you really appreciate something more when it’s taken away from you.”
In the meantime, you can be certain if Kelli Guy’s not home she’s probably at the gym, honing her game.
“Not a bad place to be,” she said.