By Lisa Stukel, Contributing Writer
Team: Westborough Girls Basketball (senior captain).
Individual Stats: 9 games, (106 points), three-pointers, (27-65), rebounds, (3.2 percent). Scored 14 points, including 4 three-pointers to lead Westborough (2-6, 1-1) in a MidWach B loss at North Middlesex.
Coach: Scott Kittredge
Whitney, how is the basketball season going so far?
“So far, we are working hard. We have a young team and we are trying to figure out how to play together. We have two returning starters from last season, but things are starting to come together for us.”
When did you start playing basketball?
“I started playing basketball in third grade. I played rec ball and travel. I also played on AAU teams throughout the years. My dad has coached many of the teams that I have played on and has been extremely supportive. I also participate in cross country and track in the spring, which helps me on the court.”
Who has influenced you the most in basketball?
“I would have to say my dad. He taught me basketball skills and has guided me along the way. My dad has taught me the importance of dedication and determination to be successful.”
What is your most memorable moment?
“I had a lot of fun in the South game this year. I had my career high of 23 points. It was our second win and it seemed like our team really started to play well together. My family and friends were there, and it meant a lot.”
How do you handle the pressure?
“I try not to get nervous before a game. I just try to focus on what I need to get done. Basketball is a sport that I love, so I try to enjoy the time on the court and play with determination.”
Do you have any advice for younger student athletes?
“I would say, to keep having fun and stay confident. Even if you have a bad game, things will turn around the next time. I had a shut-out game this season, but came back the next week with my highest scoring game. Never give up.”
What are your goals this season? Team goals?
“For the team, I would like for us to continue pulling together as a team and to win the league. I would also like the team to qualify for districts. For my personal goals, I would like to lead the team offensively to get our shots. I would like to continue helping others to get their shots as well.”
If you had to give up sports, what would be your passion?
How do you manage sports and academics?
“I know my schedule and plan my homework around it. Playing in sports forces you to manage your time and to look ahead. I get my work done before or after practices and on weekends in-between games.”
What are your plans for next year?
“I am looking at colleges right now and have gotten into a few.”