Na’Keisha stretches to take away a rebound from Roosevelt during Saturday’s game.
One of the outstanding student-athletes at North Dallas is senior Na’Keisha Alridge, who led the girls basketball team in rebounding.
Na’Keisha was also a cheerleader last fall, and she also plans to run track and field.
“She’s been great,” North Dallas girls basketball coach John Edwards said. “She just goes out and does what she’s supposed to do. In rebounding, she’s been tremendous. She definitely led the team most of the time in rebounding. She’s just a great kid and has done a great job.
“For the most part, that was her role: rebounding and defense. But you know, we have other girls who can score. She’d get two or three points here and there, which is a plus, but double-digital rebounds is what we need from her.”
Na’Keisha had 15 rebounds in the season-ending loss Tuesday night at Pinkston.
Na’Keisha earned first team all-district honors in District 12-5A last season for her defensive play.
Na’Keisha took a few minutes to answer some questions about herself:
Na’Keisha Alridge is escorted on Senior Night by her brother Omari Matthew
College you are planning to attend: Prairie View A&M
Major you are considering in college: Nursing
Middle school attended: Billy E. Dade
Sports activities: Basketball and Track and Field
My hobbies are: watching NetFlix and trying new foods
I’m most proud of: my grandmother and my sister
My favorite classes are: dance
My favorite restaurant is: On the Border
My favorite movie is: “The Lion King”
My favorite pro athlete is: Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics
I wish I knew how to: play offensively
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Belgium
The best advice I ever received was: don’t let anyone determine your future
The person that inspires me is: My grandmother
One thing people don’t know about me is: I’m sensitive
Na’Keisha Alridge grabs a rebound against Pinkston Tuesday night.
How is your basketball season going so far?
It’s going good. We have come together a lot this year.
You often lead the team in rebounding — how do you do that?
Well, since I’m small, I have to use the little weight I do have and be very aggressive when I box-out. I hustle and also I jump high so that plays a major factor in it.
Do you see rebounding as your main role on team?
Most of the time, but at others I feel like I carry the heart and motivation to push us all to do better.
What is your best game this season?
My best game was against Carter, though we lost. I think I had 5 points and 14 rebounds
How is the team camaraderie this season?
I feel as though these are my siblings, we argue, we laugh, and just enjoy being around each other.
You were also a cheerleader, how was that experience?
I enjoyed it. It helped me become a little more sociable and expressive.
What did you enjoy most as a cheerleader?
I enjoyed the spirit that the cheerleaders had when it came to it, they were like my little sisters.
What did you learn from being a cheerleader?
I learned to be kind but also assertive.
Any final comments?
I’m going to miss this girls once we go off to continue our own journeys but until then, we have to enjoy the moments.
India Dennis (left) and Na’Keisha Alridge cheered for the football team last fall.
Cheerleader Na’Keisha Alridge and her family were with her on Senior Night in October.
Maryssa Reyes and Na’Keisha Alridge defend against a Roosevelt player
Na’Keisha Alridge puts up a shot against Carter.
Na’Keisha Alridge is introduced at the start of the game against Roosevelt.