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Kira Peterson finds her love of the game at Logan

By Kayla Hugie

Photo by Craig Peterson

 

“She just understands,” said Logan High girls basketball Coach Kevin Anderson of his superstar Kira Peterson.

This season has proven that she definitely does understand this game. Peterson, a junior, led the Logan Grizzlies in scoring and 3-pointers on this season and she also led the 3A division in 3-pointers per game (seventh in the state). Peterson played an enormous role in helping the Grizzlies with some huge wins this season.

Junior Kira Peterson was a top scorer for Logan in 2015-16. (Photo by Craig Peterson)

Junior Kira Peterson was a top scorer for Logan in 2015-16. (Photo by Craig Peterson)

Peterson is a part of a family of seven. She is the youngest of five children, with four older brothers. This is where the life of basketball was implanted in her.

“I always had a basketball in my hands,” Peterson said. “I just naturally followed them and did the things they did.”

She participated in super league teams throughout her younger years. Due to a lack of participants the same age, she joined the group just above her. There she was pushed to compete and succeed with others older than herself.

Towards the end of middle school she joined a club team, Cache Valley Elite. There she found a bigger love for the game and made it a priority in her life. The training and determination helped her find a spot on the Grizzlies’ starting five as a freshman.

In her very first game she achieved one of her favorite individual successes in her career – she hit a 3-pointer to send Logan into overtime and later sent it home that night with a win. That year did not go the way she had always dreamed of, though. It was one of the most trying of all her basketball years.

“It was scary coming in as a freshman, learning a new system and playing with older teammates that believed they deserved it more,” Peterson said of this difficult time. “They didn’t know me; I didn’t know them.”

The next year did not prove to be much better for the star. A neck injury led to sitting out of practices and drills.

“I couldn’t get into the feel of things,” Peterson said. “I just stopped caring, and I was slowly feeling like giving up. I lost my love for the game.”bankofaf1 instoryad 021216

She felt frustrated, because the hard work was not paying off. Then, through one of her biggest influences, Coach Anderson, that passion was brought back to her again. Constant encouragement and help from her coach kept her  progressing.

“I just think that’s the job of a coach,” Anderson said, “to help players improve their games, and Kira is very open to my coaching.”

Endless open gyms and summer games helped Peterson open her eyes to the potential she as an individual had as well as her team.

Kira Peterson of Logan girls basketball.

Kira Peterson of Logan girls basketball.

“Being surrounded by the uplifting team helped me realize that, ‘you are doing what you love with your friends. How could you not love that?’” the junior said.

Things have started to turn around.

“I say this a lot, but the difference between sophomore year and junior year is maturity,” Anderson said. “She is just more mature.”

Peterson’s favorite year of basketball was this season. She told of all the highs they have had – beating teams they were always unable to beat, finishing the close games and getting into a great groove as a team. Peterson and the Grizzlies competed against top teams and were successful this year, finishing 19-5 after losing to Richfield in the 3A state tournament.

Peterson was the girl to watch out for this year and her stats back it up. She had 59 threes on the year and has racked in a total of 328 points on the year with an average of 13.7 points per game. She is reaping the rewards of her hard work and dedication.

 

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