Wilmette, Sports

Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Kelsey Langston, Loyola basketball

Kelsey Langston is a senior guard for the 34-0 Ramblers. She is a three-year varsity starter.

1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

Me and Paige (Engels) have a handshake we do on the bench when we’re the last two to be called out (pregame). That’s kind of the only one.

2. What do you hope to do next year?

After this season, I’m going on some visits. I’m hoping to play college basketball. If it’s at Cornell, I’d be super excited.

3. What is your favorite thing to do off the court?

I would say I love hanging out with my friends or staying in with my family. I really love to babysit. I still babysit for a couple of families from grade school (St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette).

4. Who is your favorite athlete?

Caitlin Clark (University of Iowa basketball). She’s really inspiring. People always talk about her offense but not that she’s a really good defender. And I really like the point guard for Purdue (Braden Smith). I really like his game.

5. If you could play another sport, what would it be?

I would probably say soccer or lacrosse. I played soccer up until freshman year. I would say I am pretty fast. So any sport where there is running, any of those.

6. What is the best part of having a twin brother (Kenny Langston)?

I would say our life is a constant competition. We’re always each other’s biggest fan, but always competing, so it’s always fun.

7. What’s the toughest thing about having a twin brother?

Fighting over the car. It’s really hard to plan that. When one person wants to take the car or who gets to take the car for the night.

8. If you’re in Walgreens with a couple bucks, what are you buying?

I would say I like Propel (kiwi or grape) and probably anything with chocolate — chocolate-covered pretzels or dark chocolate caramels.

9. What is something people don’t know about you?

I lived in (Washington) D.C. for six years, from first grade until sixth grade. Not everyone knows that.

10. What are the late-season keys to getting to where you want to be — a state championship?

We just have to settle into the game from tipoff and also just lean on each other. We all have great chemistry on and off the ball. We trust each other. Our staple is our defense. The quicker we settle in on defense, the easier it is to get a groove going. For this run, we have to lock in on defense from the tipoff.

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