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Fay-West Female Athlete of the Week

| Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

Nicole Malara

School: Mt. Pleasant

Class: Junior

Sport: Basketball

Notable: Malara scored 20 points Thursday in an overtime victory over Uniontown. She followed it up with 11 points in a victory over Southmoreland.

Which part of your game did you want to improve on from last season?

It would really have to be my driving to the basket and my underneath game. I also improved my blocking and rebounding from last year.

Mt. Pleasant was able to hold Uniontown scoreless in overtime. What would you contribute that to?

I would have to say our defense stepped up in a huge way. While I didn't score any points in overtime, I really made sure that we stepped up our ball control and didn't commit any turnovers.

What do you consider your biggest game of the season so far?

It would either be the game against Uniontown or a game earlier this season against Thomas Jefferson. It was just a non-conference game, but I played well and scored 20.

You also participate in soccer and track. Which sport do you enjoy participating in the most?

I would have to say soccer. This past season they changed me from being a forward to being on defense. It really changed my perspective on the game. Defense is just really fun.

Who is the most inspiring person in your life?

My dad. He is always there to encourage me. He will also tell me when I am doing something wrong and the areas of my game that need to be improved.

What is your favorite song on your iPod?

"Hard" by Rihanna

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