"take charge"

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In high school, she'd be on the court, somebody grabbed her, she'd smack them. A ref didn't make a call, she'd go down and punch the next kid down the floor. She also dove on every loose ball. She was flying out of bounds. She takes charge. She's one of those tough Philly kids."

What does "take charge" mean here? Could it be "take control", or "charge" is certain basketball technical term ?

BTW, Philly means Philadelphia, isn't it ? ("She" was in Germantown Academy) It seems to me that most Philadelphia kids have bad-tempered. Maybe that's not true.

Thank you in advance. )))
 
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