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Oak Lawn's Jannah Mahmoud (25) fouls Romeoville's Kiera Currie (2) at Tuesday evening's game between Oak Lawn and Romeoville. | Paul James Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media
Romeoville’s Kiera Currie knows all the angles.
The 5-foot-11 senior forward, who averages 17 points and nine rebounds per game has an uncanny knack of using the backboard to score from impossible angles against bigger defenders.
Currie scored 32 points in a recent win over Plainfield East and 25 against Geneva at the McDonald’s Shootout.
Romeoville coach Julio Carrasco, who has watched Currie perform for the past four years, continues to be amazed.
“Kierra is so physical and has such great body control,” he said. “Last week she had to deal with (Plainfield East’s 6-foot Williams) Gabby and (6-2) Faith (Suggs), and for her to do the same exact thing against Geneva that she did the day before…it’s unbelievable what she can do.
“I asked her the other day, ‘How did you learn the angles on that backboard?’” he added. “She says her AAU coach taught her a couple of years ago. I got to get that guy in here and teach the girls some of the angles she throws off that backboard. It’s unbelievable, and her body control is phenomenal.”
Currie picked up a basketball at an early age, but she also tried her hand at volleyball, softball and soccer before deciding to focus on her current passion.
“I felt I enjoyed basketball more,” the Gardner-Webb recruit said. “I still kept playing volleyball, but I found myself practicing basketball more, watching it more on TV. That’s when I decided I liked it more. That’s what drove me.”
Although she is intensely passionate about basketball, Currie still finds time to have fun on the floor.
“She’s a character,” Carrasco said. “She seems like a quiet person, but she makes everybody laugh. Some of the stuff she does. She’ll crack a joke to herself and start laughing. Everybody will be like. ‘What’s wrong?’ She laughs so much, it’s awesome.
“She really is a character,” he added. “We love her to death.”
Currie, who lists Kevin Hart and Jim Carrey among her favorite comdeians, said that humor is just part of who she is and how she brings her best to the floor during every practice and in every game.
“I play better when I’m positive rather than when I’m sad,” she said. “And even if other things aren’t going well, I don’t like bringing my outside stuff to the game.”
The Spartans recently unveiled colorful warm-up T-shirts with “Da Ville” emblazoned across the front, partly in response to Bolingbrook — the better known Valley View School District 365U girls basketball powerhouse — and its use of “The Brook,” and partly as a sign of unity.
“The coach came up with that,” Currie said. “That really drives us. But we never let outside things affect us. We always focus on the next game. We know that everyone has to get better, everyone has to do their part to get us to the next step.”
Togetherness is a big part of the Romeoville team. Most of the seniors have been on varsity since their sophomore year and players like Currie, Abby Smith and Brianna Harris have been with Carrasco since their freshman year. They call each other “sister.” They also have another name for Currie.
“The other girls call me ‘Kee’ but the coach calls me ‘The Beast,’” Currie said. “I tell him not to forget that it’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’”