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June 14, 2013
Hoop is Her Game
By Kevin Devlin

Focused student-athlete loves the game of hoop.

She’s closing out her junior year at the Boston Green Academy and has been a straight “A” since the first day she entered the school building. And, she’s doing well in the world of sports. Her name is Elaina McCarthy.She grew up in a basketball family. Her dad Chris logged considerable minutes for several decades in various gyms throughout Southie. Her sister Amanda, also a point guard, was a high school standout and played Division I hoop at Jacksonville State University. Her brother Mike played for Gatey CYO and subsequently at Dom Savio and Dexter. I’ve seen them all play up at the famed Gatey Hall and referred their games. They were all good players. Elaina first started playing hoop in the Gate of Heaven CYO program and then for her South Boston Catholic Academy school team in the seventh and eighth grades. Her next hoop stop found her up at the Heights. She has been on her high school varsity basketball team for the last three seasons. She was a team caption as a sophomore and a junior. Elaina was a Boston City League All-Star for the past three years.  Last year the team was 16-1 and participated in the city championship and the MIAA state tournament. Her best game this past season was a 24-point performance against East Boston. She was a pitcher on the varsity softball team this year and was selected to the Boston City League All-Star team.Elaina has a high hoop IQ, sees the whole court, knows when to pass or when to shoot, and is solid on the defensive end. Her high school coach, local legend and former BU All-American, Andrea Higgins, really enjoys the opportunity coaching Elaina.“Elaina has been a strong presence on our team,” said Coach Higgins. “She’s a tough competitor and willing to do whatever it takes to be successful. I have enjoyed coaching her the past two years and look forward to her senior year.”   Elaina appreciates the support she receives from her family regarding her academic and athletic endeavors. “My dad pushes me to do as much as I can do,” said Elaina. “He doesn’t want me to just go to school and hang out with my friends, but to keep busy all the time.” Elaina suffered a knee injury during hoop season and is slowly getting back into shape. Her sister Amanda, who just graduated from college, is back in town and helping her with passing and shooting tips. The motto for the Boston Green Academy is ‘Work Hard. Be Yourself. Do the Right Thing.” Elaina certainly works hard in the classroom and on the hoop court. She’s shuns peer pressure and is true to herself. And, she’s doing the right thing by staying focus and pursuing her dream.   



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