THE TOREROS’ TERROR
Amy Kame at the top of her game for San Diego
It’s been four years since Amy Kame was the epicenter of the Central High School girls basketball team.
Today she’s the central concern of every coach who prepares for the University of San Diego.
After a stellar career at Central, where she averaged 25 points per game her senior season and was an all-state selection, Kame took her talents to San Diego.
Kame is listed on the roster at 6-foot, but she says that “might be giving me an inch or two.” Just like in high school, Kame remains a force on the basketball court.
A lot has changed since she was a wide-eyed college freshman to what she is today. And what she is today is one of the premier guards in the nation.
Her success at USD doesn’t surprise Todd Dixon, her former coach at Central, one bit.
Using words like “intense,” “focused” and “unique,” Dixon said he’s very proud of his former player.
“When you talk about players who have ‘it,’ she has ‘it,’ ” Dixon said. “She’s a very special player, and I was very lucky to have her as a player.”
A couple of weeks ago, Kame was given the highest weekly honor in NCAA women’s basketball when she was selected the national player of the week after averaging 20 points, 8.7 rebounds and three assists in three wins.
Dixon, who now coaches the girls team at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, doesn’t hold back his praise of Kame.
“That was a very well-deserved and well-earned accolade,” he said of the NCAA award.
For Kame, it was quite an honor and a shock.
“It was exciting, but I was even more excited to see that our team made it into the top 25. I didn’t even know I was NCAA player of the week until my teammates told me,” she said.
The 15-0 start and the top 25 ranking is the best start in the school’s 35-year history.
Looking back, Kame said her individual game has evolved, and it had to if she was going to succeed on the college courts.
“I think the biggest thing has been confidence,” she said. “I’ve gained a lot of confidence from knowing how hard I’ve worked on my game and knowing my potential. I have grown in every aspect of my game.”
This year, she’s averaging more than 15 points per game and currently sits fifth on the school’s career scoring list with more than 1,250 points. She could move into fourth place by the end of the season. She also currently ranks third in steals and ninth in assists on San Diego’s career list.
Last year, Kame moved to the point guard position, and she knew she had to improve her game again.
“That was a tough transition at first, but it was what my team needed,” she said.
The Toreros have dropped a couple of games since its undefeated start, but they remain in the hunt for a West Coast Conference title.
Kame said one of the main goals for the team this season is to make it to the NCAA Tournament.
“It would be a great experience making the tournament. That has been one of our goals since I’ve been at USD, and something this team is very capable of doing,” she said.
Her senior season and the success of the team is sure to leave some lasting memories for Kame, but right now she points to the NIT Tournament her sophomore season as one of her most exciting memories of her college career.
The Toreros started with two home wins and made it to the NIT’s final four.
“It was a great learning experience and a really fun run,” she said.
Dixon remembers an “unbelievable” last-second shot that Kame made to beat Montrose her senior year at Central.
“I still don’t know how she made that shot,” he said.
He also remembers Kame as being the ultimate competitor and a great teammate.
Dixon, 44, said he’s coached boys and girls in his career, and he challenged players to play him. If the player won, they wouldn’t have to run after practice.
“Only one player ever beat me, and her name is Amy Kame,” Dixon said with a laugh. “She’s the reason I don’t do that anymore.”
Kame’s college career will wrap up in another couple of months, but she’s already thinking about the future. She hopes the future will be the same as her past and present with the epicenter being basketball.
“Right now my plan is to keep playing professionally,” she said. “Basketball has given me the opportunity to receive an education from a great school, and I want to be able to extend those opportunities by traveling and reaching my potential in the game I love.”