Palmer helps push Shady Side Academy girls to success

Marty Stewart
| Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Natalie Palmer, a sophomore at Shady Side Academy, has led the Indians in scoring in all but two games this season.

She led the team in scoring in all three games last week, as the playoff-bound Indians went 2-1.

For her efforts, Palmer has been named The Herald Spotlight Athlete.

Once basketball season ends, Palmer plans to keep competing for her school as she will go out for the track team and will participate in the distance events.

Palmer said she hasn't started considering colleges, but hopes to major in psychology and end up working in law.

Here's a closer look at Palmer:

Q: Who have been your role models in sports and in life?

A: My parents have been very supportive. In sports, my neighbor and former babysitter, Kristin Iovina, was a big influence. She's the one who got me interested in basketball.

Q: What's your favorite TV show?

A: “American Horror Story.”

Q: What's the strongest part of your hoops game?

A: My shooting.

Q: What part of your game do you want to improve for next season?

A: I want to cut down on turnovers and finish better around the hoop.

Q: Who's your favorite singer or band?

A: I really don't have one.

Q: Who's your favorite athlete?

A: Penn State basketball player Maggie Lucas.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Basketball, hanging out with my friends, shopping and reading.

Q: Who would you like to trade places with for a day?

A: Actress Shailene Woodley.

Q: Who's the best player in the NBA?

A: I have no idea. I don't follow it.

Q: What public figure would you like to see disappear from public view?

A: Justin Bieber.

Q: What's your favorite vacation destination?

A: Africa. I went there last summer.

Q: Who would be your dream date?

A: Actor Ansel Elgort.

Q: Who makes the best pizza in Pittsburgh?

A: Bella Luna in Murrysville.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over?

A: “Wedding Crashers.”

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

A: Yeah, I have to have two pieces of gum in my mouth at the start of the game and two fresh pieces for the second half.

Q: What's your favorite class at school?

A: English.

Q: What would make up your favorite all-time meal?

A: Vegetable lo mein and frozen yogurt.

Q: Is there a food you refuse to eat?

A: Chick peas, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.

Q: What's your favorite junk food?

A: Nutella.

Q: People would be surprised to know that I...

A: ...Used to get into riding dirt bikes when I was younger

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or

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