The senior scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds in Friday’s win against four-time defending state champ Neumann-Goretti, and 14 points and seven rebounds in a win over unbeaten St. Basil Academy. Here’s more from her interview:
Other sports you play: Cross country
Athletes you admire: Debbie Black and my mom. Debbie Black, she played with such passion and tenacity. (Black was the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the year at age 35). My mom, she has such a work ethic and is passionate about running. Any time she comes back from a run, she talks about how amazing her experience was, even if it was just a jog.
Do you get your work ethic from your mom? I think I get it from both my parents. They work really hard and have showed me the importance of having great work ethic.
Any sports teams you follow? I don’t religiously follow many sports teams because I’m focused on our team, but UConn women I watch the most.
Superstitions or rituals on game day? I’m not really a superstitious person, but I do believe in good karma.
Three people you’d like to have dinner with. Lady Gaga, Jimmy Valvano and Mother Teresa. Although I’d like to include Drew Barrymore or Jennifer Lawrence because they’re funny and great actresses.
Most famous athlete you’ve ever met? Amber Jacobs.
Talk about the rebounds against Neumann-Goretti. Going into that game, we knew rebounding was going to be very important because they were such an athletic and tough team. That was something I focused on.
Moriah Murray talked about The Union, the student section, after the last game. But your fan support has been amazing the deeper you go into the state tournament. How much does that help? Shout out to Dunmore and our whole community because we could not do that without you. The support that Dunmore gives us is insane. We are so grateful to have a community that is so tight-knit and so committed to supporting us.
One of those rebounds came with just over a minute to play on a missed free throw by your teammate Moriah Murray. Now that you had a chance to reflect on that play, and see it on tape, can you talk about how important that was? Every rebound, every point and every play in that game was important. I think just because of the time it happened, it was good to get it.
Who is the one person who has had the biggest influence on your athletic career and what have they done? I’d have to say my dad. He’s been so involved in my sports since I was young. He’s taken me to every practice, every game, pays for everything. Just very committed.
What’s the biggest thrill you’ve had in sports? Was it Friday night? I’d have to say yes, because that’s been a goal since we were freshmen, to beat Neumann-Goretti. I’ve never felt the way I felt after we won that game.
After high school, what’s next? I’m going to play at Misericordia and study occupational therapy.
Who’s one teammate guaranteed to make you laugh? Moriah (Murray) and Nora (Haggerty), both of them, they’re so funny with their dance moves.
Who’s the teammate who’s made the biggest improvement this season? Lisa Tallo. Her shooting has gotten so much better and I’ve seen her improve a lot overall as a player.
One player from another team you would like to have as a teammate. (Mid Valley’s) Morgan Haefele because she’s coming to play with me next year at Misericordia and I’m excited about that.
Martz Hall, pretty cool place to play a game. Talk about going there for the semifinal. We’re really excited. We’re lucky to be able to play there.