Kendra Parra doesn't care what sport she's playing or who she's playing against. Once the signal is given that it's time to start playing, she's going to battle and do whatever it takes to out a winner.
That's what impresses Del Norte girls basketball coach Gilbert Sanchez so much about his star senior.
"She is ultra competitive," Sanchez said. "I don't care what it is. Whether it's something in class or being out on the volleyball court, the soccer field or the basketball court. She's really competitive and if things don't go her way she'll figure out a way to get better."
It's a family trait. A big part of Parra's development came through competing with her older brother Carlos at their makeshift court at home.
The results were exactly what she was hoping for as she was named the CHSAANow.com Class 2A girls basketball Player of the Year just last week.
In fact, while she was competing for her team she still considered herself in competition with her brothers and it became just another tool for motivation on the court.
"I hate to lose," Parra said. "We'd track who had the most points, how much our team would score, who would win and stuff like that."