Ponca City’s Kabria Christian: Athlete Spotlight Presented By Equity Bank

By Chandler Vessels

Kabria Christian has come a long way from the YMCA league she started out in.

Christian was first encouraged to try basketball at age four after watching her older sisters play. Although her sisters eventually gravitated to soccer, she never wavered. Now a senior at Ponca City High School on the girls basketball team, she has shown a commitment to the game even through hardship.

A shoulder injury that required surgery kept Christian sidelined during her junior season, but she never left the team. Instead, she moved into a manger role which saw her grow as a leader and learn to pair criticism with encouragement.

“I always try to think about how you don’t know what the other person next to you is going through,” Christian said. “I try not to be too hard on people if they do something wrong. It doesn’t help them to yell at them.”

In one of her first games back against Putnam City, Christian scored 12 points. After sitting out the season prior, the performance meant a lot to Christian.

“It felt really good coming back and playing how I know I can play,” she said.

When she isn’t playing basketball, Christian is involved at her church – Ponca City Assembly – where she is a student leader in the youth group. She plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma after graduation, where she will major in Forensics.

Looking back on her time playing basketball in Ponca City, it’s the people rather than any particular instance that Christian will remember the most.
“I would say the family environment,” she said. “I can’t really key in on one memory, but just always being around them. It’s been like a second family.”