By Ryan Massad, Contributing Writer
School: Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Coach: Frank Ferreer
What are your earliest basketball related memories?
“My earliest basketball memories are from sixth grade when I first got into basketball with my elementary school friends. At first I didn’t think I would like it but as soon as the whistle blew for tip off, my love for the game grew with the need to get better. We were actually really good for just a Berlin youth team. The energy and excitement made my love for the game grow more and more.”
Who encouraged you to stick with the sport, and get better at it?
“My mom. She is my motivation in everything. She encourages me not only to try new things, but once I’m into something, she pushes me to be the absolute best I can be. She teaches me to always have good sportsmanship and be humble. She encourages me to be a good leader not only on the court, but in life too. She encouraged me to broaden my horizons and try basketball and here I am today co-captain of my varsity high school team.”
What has it been like playing for Assabet the past four years?
“Playing for Assabet is such an honor. Greatness doesn’t come from showing off but from being who you want to be and knowing how to get there. I grew up being a competitive gymnast and dancer along with a background of soccer. Basketball wasn’t really big in my family so when I got introduced to it I was hooked instantly. The thrill of the shot clock counting down and being on the court with four others girls takes so much trust and confidence, but once you get into your groove as a team and family you make memories and create something so special.”
What has it been like playing for Coach Ferreer?
“Playing for him is probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. He sees the most potential in me on and off the court. His expectations are very high and meeting them is a challenge but I’m always up for the hard work. He gets so into the game sometimes he needs his tootsie lollipop to keep him calm, but he’s the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet. He truly wants the best for you in basketball and in life.”
What has been the single most-special game of your basketball career?
“The single most special game of my basketball career was against Monty Tech (Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School) when I scored 22 points.”
“What is your favorite class in school?
“My favorite class in school is English. I’ve always loved writing and putting my experiences in life down on paper. The idea of putting words together to make a story to potentially help someone through a difficult time and create an inspiration, and knowing that there’s always tomorrow is what I love about English.”
What are your hobbies and interests off the court?
“Outside of basketball, I enjoy soccer, taking care of my 3-year-old nephew, and spending quality time with family and friends.”
What is your favorite type of music, and artist in that genre?
“I like all genres of music simply because they touch me at different times of my life. I enjoy classical music because of my dancing career. Pop and rap because it’s catchy and I can relate to it. I also love country music. My favorite artists are Sam Hunt and Rihanna.”
What type of legacy do you hope to leave behind at Assabet?
“I hope to leave behind my strength, my courage, and my wisdom. My strength because of what I’ve lost. My courage because of everything I’ve been through, and most importantly my wisdom because of everything I’ve learned.”