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Redman does a lot of everything for Lady Jays basketball team

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Monique Redman is a frequently honored Student Athlete of the Week. Kristie Linden | The Jeannette Spirit

Monique Redman is a junior on the Lady Jays basketball team who plays a little bit at a few different positions depending on the game situation.

She's also been honored in different ways by each sport in which she participates. Redman has been an athlete of the week in cheerleading, soccer, basketball and softball.

“I feel accomplished and that I'm doing my job in all of the things I try to participate in,” she said.

She's been playing basketball since third grade as a ‘Little Dribbler.' She got her start in the sport after she left gymnastics and was looking for something new to try. Both of her parents, Mary and the late Rich Redman, played basketball and were a big influence to her. In fact, Mary Redman coached her daughter on a travelling basketball team until she was in middle school.

This spring, Redman will play on the AAU team known as the PA Titans.

“I like the intensity of the game, something is always happening,” said Redman.

This season Redman hasn't been playing just one position, she's playing a little bit of everything. Her favorite, however, is shooting guard because, “I don't have to bring up the ball.”While she didn't have a personal goal set for herself this season, Redman said the team goal was to earn a fourth-straight WPIAL section title — a goal she and her teammates accomplished by beating rival GCC last week.

“We want to go as far as we can go in the playoffs,” Redman said, before the brackets were released. “I feel pretty good that a win tonight will give us a higher seed.”

She said this season has been one of highs and lows for the team, but that the good games and bad games evened out and everyone learned something.

Coach LuAnn Mills and assistant coach Barry Sunder provide all of the girls on the team with a lot of support and let the team know they always have someone to talk to if they need it.

“The team, we're all like a big goofy family — even when we should be serious. We're not just a team, we like to do things outside of basketball, too.”

Even though Redman divides her year between four sports, she said basketball is her focus from an athletic standpoint and music is her focus outside of sports. She has a big role in this spring's musical, “All Shook Up.”She also plays the clarinet in the marching and concert bands

After high school graduation, Redman plans to attend college but she hasn't settled on a school or a major. She's been thinking things over and talking to her mother about potential career paths. Lately, she's been giving engineering more thought because, “I want to do something with math or science, but not medical. I want something that I can do and work in this area.”

She'd like to stay close for school as well and she's considering pursuing college basketball.

“I like to be busy and do everything, it's too hard to choose to do just one thing over another,” said Redman.

She lives with her mother and younger brother, Swade, who is a freshman this year.

“Thanks to my mom for always supporting me and pushing me through all of the busy times I have, especially this season,” said Redman.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at klinden@tribweb.com or 724-838-5154.

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