HARVARD -- Bromfield senior guard Casey Magrath has been playing hoops ever since she took her first steps, and she started playing competitively at an early age.
Magrath and her Lady Trojans have racked up the accolades this season, winning the Mid-Wach D regular season title and earning an opening round district playoff bye and a home game.
Magrath and co-captain Montana Burke shared the league MVP in a fitting fashion, as the pair have been close friends on and off the floor for many years.
"It was awesome getting it (league MVP) with Tanny (Montana Burke)," said Magrath. "We have played together since it feels like we were in diapers. We have played AAU ball, and started varsity together in eighth grade. There are a lot of great players in our league, and it was really an honor to get it."
During Burke's sophomore year, she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during soccer, which caused her to sit out the basketball and tennis season. Burke did not let the injury keep her down, and she trained through the summer and fall to get her knee back to playing shape. Magrath's father owns Athlete's Edge in nearby Littleton, where the young guard conditioned her knee back to pre-injury form.
"I went through an ACL rehab program," said Magrath. "I went through that. I trained three days a week in the summer and fall. I knew I had to get my leg strong and get back to where I was to do well in my junior and senior year.
Eighth grade is a tough time for any kid, let alone being a member of a varsity basketball team. Magrath joined the team as an eighth grader, but was widely accepted for her work ethic, and basketball IQ. The upperclassmen really embraced Magrath and helped nurture her into a more effective player. Magrath had the opportunity to return the favor to her practice partner, eighth-grader Hannah Lochiatto.
"She is always eager to learn," said Magrath. "I always pair up with her at practice, and I just want to make her comfortable. I want to treat her like the seniors treated me when I was her age. I kept it positive with her, and tried to help her out on the things she can do to get better."
Bromfield Athletic Director Pam Alexander selected Magrath to attend the National Women in Sports Day at the T.D. Bank North Garden in Boston, along with field hockey standout Haley Newsham. The event featured lunch and keynote speakers such as Garden President Amy Latimer.
"We went into Boston, and it was great listening to all the people who talked about how far women have come in sports," said Magrath. "It never really occurred to me that women really didn't play a lot of sports, and they weren't really respected in sports. That day helps me appreciate how much of a privilege it is to play."
Magrath will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall, where she will major in medical engineering, and play on the Lady Engineer's basketball team.
"Casey is the glue that holds our team together," said Bromfield head coach Mike Dube. "I let Cherese Gallaso (head coach at WPI) know about Casey, and she immediately took to her. I think she (Casey) will be more of a two-guard there. She will have to work hard to play, but she has a great work ethic."
Magrath helped the Lady Trojans capture their first outright Mid-Wach D title since the 2008 season while averaging 10.2 points per game. Throughout the season, Magrath nursed her sore ACL, but still managed to keep pushing forward.
"This whole season wouldn't be the same without all the girls on the team," said Magrath. "We all get along so well. Being a senior, I am a captain. I am looking to help the girls and support them and make them better basketball players. Everyone works really hard and gives 110 percent every time we are on the floor. They were such fun to play with. They made my senior year."
Magrath is very excited to continue her basketball career at the collegiate level. The Engineers finished the season with a 15-11 record, and a NEWMAC semifinals appearance, where they fell to Babson 51-35.
"I talked to the basketball coach, and she got me excited about playing in college," said Magrath. "I think to play basketball in college will be an amazing experience because it is different than high school. It is a lot faster pace, and a lot of hard work, but it is rewarding."