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Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Uniontown's Jordan Pratt, California's Courtnee McMasters

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By Andrew John
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Jordan Pratt

School: Uniontown

Year: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: Pratt scored 21 points to lead Uniontown (16-3, 10-2) to a 67-53 win against Laurel Highlands in Section 3-AAA action Feb. 8. Pratt scored 19 points in a 65-61 loss to Mt. Pleasant on Feb. 5 and 22 points in an 88-46 win over Southmoreland on Feb. 2.

“I think I have been doing good. I've been doing the best for my team,” said Pratt, averaging 18.5 points per game. “I work harder each and every day.”

How do you think the team will fair in the WPIAL playoffs?

I'm confident. I think we can make it far. We just need to make sure to not be satisfied until that day comes and play our hearts out until the end.

What has been the key to the team's success?

Everyone has been working together and playing for each other as a family. We have been paying attention at practice and playing together as a family.

What's the strongest part of your game?

When I'm getting my teammates into the game and make them better. I'm going out there and just trying to win the game for my team, if it means scoring or defense. I'm just trying to do my part.

Recently you broke your nose and have been playing with a mask. How has that affected your game?

It was hard at first. I'm kind of use to it now. The vision and all affected my game, but I can work through it.

Who is your role model and why?

My brother. I have been looking up to him ever since he played high school basketball. He's a team player and he always stressed to play as a team.

Courtnee McMasters

School: California

Year: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Claim to fame: McMasters scored 56 points for California (14-7, 5-5) in a 81-31 win over Mapletown in Section 3-A action on Feb. 6. McMasters, averaging 22.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, scored 18 points in 48-37 loss to Avella on Feb. 7.

“I'm pretty proud of myself for how much I have accomplished,” McMasters said. “I think all the success definitely started in the offseason. I think the 56-point game against Mapletown wouldn't have happened without the help of my teammates. Now I have a chance to get to the 1,000 points in career.”

What's your college plans for next year?

I will be going to Bethany (W.Va.) to play basketball. I want to major in athletic training for the first four years and go to another school for physical therapy. I went to tour the campus two weeks ago and I thought it was really nice.

What would it mean to finish your career with more than 1,000 points?

It would mean a lot to me. It was something at the beginning of this season I thought I had no shot at.

How do you think the team will fair in the WPIAL playoffs?

I think we have a pretty good shot at doing well this year. I think it would be awesome to do something that California hasn't been able to do in awhile.

What is your favorite thing to do during your free time?

I love to lift weights. Before the season, I started running to get myself into shape. Then I started to lift weights to get stronger and to help with my rebounding.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I probably would have to say going to the Bahamas. I like the beach and it's warm down there.

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