Kylee Gallagher Is a Hillbilly Freshman Phenom to Watch

Credits: Joe Amati

VERONA, NJ - A Verona freshman has not only proven herself as a star athlete and a stellar teammate, but also as an essential starter on the varsity team – an impressive accomplishment for a freshman player.

Kylee Gallagher has been playing basketball since she was in kindergarten and even more seriously since fifth grade, and now she is being recognized as a force to be reckoned with on the court.

“It’s an honor to know that people consider me to be such a promising athlete,” Gallagher said. “It is great to know that all the hard work and time I’ve put in has paid off and has been recognized by a lot of people.”

Sign Up for E-News

Gallagher has already earned 227 points this season, with 22 of those points being scored in her best game against Golda Och, a game that gave the player her first career double in points and rebounds.

“Basketball is something that comes naturally to me,” Gallagher said. “I like how there are many different aspects to the game and you can’t just be good at one part of it.”

Gallagher is great at many parts of the sport, including rebounding, scoring and handling the ball, she said. Of course there are always areas to improve on, and for this Hillybilly it’s her three point shot, which she said she hopes to improve on in order to be “more of a mismatch offensively.”

Her height is also something Gallagher admits can be difficult. At 5 feet 7 inches tall, Gallagher said she is often up against taller, stronger and more experienced seniors whom she sometimes struggles to guard and score on offensively.

Still, the young player – who plays as a forward and a post – has managed to become a starter as only a freshman.

“Starting varsity as a freshman has been a great experience so far,” Gallagher said. “I have great teammates that have taught me a lot about the sport and push me to become a better player.”

To Coach Jessica Del Vecchio, it is no wonder Gallagher has already made it so far in her career. Del Vecchio knew Gallagher was a special player after seeing her play in summer league, she said.

“She is coachable and works very hard every day. With each game under her belt she shows the type of player she is going to be,” Del Vecchio said. “I love watching her grow every game and cannot wait to see what her future has in store for her.”

Gallagher hopes to earn 1000 points over her career at Verona, and beyond that, the talented freshman hopes to play basketball at a competitive college.

“If it wasn’t for having such great guards, this wouldn’t be possible,” Gallagher said of her success. “I would be nowhere without having my parents always there to support me and dedicate their time to helping me become the player I am today. It means a lot to me that my parents are always there to cheer me on, even when I’m not playing my best.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Six-Year-Old Discovered Sleeping Unattended on West Orange School Bus

March 16, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When a bus driver employed by the Hunterdon County Educational Service Commission, which performs certain bus runs for the West Orange School District, failed to perform the mandatory inspection of his bus after dropping students off at Redwood Elementary School and returning to the bus depot on Friday morning, the district confirmed that a 6-year-old student had ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

March 18, 2018

March 12, 2018 – March 18, 2018

On March 14, 2018 at 11:41 a.m., Ptl. Christopher Heck stopped a vehicle after observing that the operator was not wearing a seatbelt. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a 23 year old female passenger from Woodland Park for possession of marijuana. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On March 14, 2018 ...

Ten Ways to Be Productive on a Snow Day

March 7, 2018

Another Nor’Easter has smacked us in the face today.  After so many of us lost power for what seemed to be an eternity, it’s a good time to make up for lost productivity and work on the famous Stephen Covey Quadrant 2 Activities.  What are they you may ask?  Those are the activities that are Important, yet not urgent (well some of them can be).  In other ...

Fairytale Marriage Proposal Takes Center Stage at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A surprise engagement took center stage at last weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Somerville. In the midst of the March 11 festivities, Piscataway resident Steven Verardi boarded a float and popped the question to his girlfriend Elise Latona, marking the first known engagement to take place at the parade in 27 years.

Since opening The Beauty Bar ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, March 19, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

Tue, March 20, 7:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Martin Luther King, Newark, and the Cool Spring ...

Education Law & Justice Other

Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Financial Seminar

Business & Finance

LEGO Drive Benefiting Kids with Cancer

March 16, 2018

A good friend of mine lost his son to cancer at age 10 a few years back. His name was Paul Jimenez aka "Paulie". Since his loss, the family has started a foundation called "Paulie Strong" to help raise awareness and donations for those in need. This March, they are holding a LEGO drive for children with cancer. 

All LEGO sets collected will be donated to the Pediatrics ...