Most coaches would be hard-pressed to find a better point guard to run any offensive system than Bourne senior Kaya Fernandes.
Over the last three years on the Canalmen varsity girls’ basketball team, Fernandes has executed head coach Craig Davidson’s deliberate, half-court offense to perfection. She possesses excellent ball control skills, top-notch floor vision and a quick first step that allows her to get to the rim at will.
It was with that skillset in mind that Davidson altered his scheme to tailor it to Fernandes, a senior captain this season, and her strengths.
“This should really benefit Kaya this season,” he said. “She’s a four-year varsity player and has been very successful playing the style we did. Now she can shine in this system.”
Up to this point, Fernandes has been nothing short of a star on the hardwood, taking home three South Coast Conference all-star nominations while being named to the Cape & Islands All-Star Game three more times, winning the defensive MVP award in 2017 and overall MVP in 2019.
Her head coach calls Fernandes a great kid on and off the court, and a player who is looked up to among her teammates. She began playing recreational league basketball at the age of 6 and quickly moved on to the AAU circuit, where she recently played point guard for the Bay State Jaguars.
After the end of the basketball season, the senior trades in her high tops for softball spikes, as she’s been a three-year varsity player for the Canalmen softball team. Under head coach Glen Gifford, the slick-fielding shortstop was a 2019 SCC all-star and a two-time honorable mention while being named a junior captain.
Despite all her success, Fernandes is more than just a stand-out athlete. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and the captain of the math club while also participating in the poetry club, the school band and the environmental club. And if that weren’t enough, Fernandes has been on the high honor roll every semester of her high school academic career.
In her free time, the Bourne senior plays five instruments—the flute, euphonium, guitar, ukulele and the piano.
What do you love about basketball? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
I love basketball because it provides mental challenges and fast-paced situations where anything can happen. More than anything, my love for the game and for the people that I play it with are the reasons why I have kept playing until this year.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
I don’t listen to music before games.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would be Captain Marvel because she gets to travel the universe.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My mom, my aunt Kris, my band teacher Mrs. Fournier, and my family friend Megan Kashner, because they are all strong, independent women who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I found out [this week] that I was admitted early to Amherst College and I plan on attending school there to study mathematics and music.
What is your favorite school subject?
Mathematics is my favorite subject because it has always been an interesting and complex subject to learn about.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
One of my greatest high school moments was being a part of our school’s first-ever Unified Basketball team.
Which three people would you invited to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would Valentina Tershkova, Marie Curie and Albert Einstein to a dinner party and I would serve filet mignon.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I think I relate with WNBA star Sue Bird because she has the all-time record for assists in the WNBA and I have always believed that passing is just as important as scoring.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
In my backpack I’d have a Swiss Army knife, a tent, some matches and my ukulele.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my mom, Leamarie Gordon, my grandmother Arlene Lima, the rest of my family, all of my coaches — especially my high school coaches, Craig Davidson, Glen Gifford and Scott Ashworth. Also a thank-you to our athletic trainer Mackenzie Corrigan. And, thank you, of course, to my teammates.