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Fay-West Female Athlete of the Week

| Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

Ciara Gregory

School: Jeannette

Class: Freshman

Sport: Basketball

Notable: Gregory scored a career-high 21 points to help lead the Class AA No. 1 Jayhawks (16-1, 10-0) over South Allegheny (2-12, 2-8) in a Section 4-AA game Thursday night. The Jayhawks also defeated Class AA No. 2 ranked Greensburg Central Catholic (13-1, 9-1) Monday to sit alone at the top of the section.

How would you describe Monday nights win against Greensburg Central Catholic?

"It was a real big win for us, and it made us more confident because that was our rival. But we know we still have them one more time at their place."

What is it like starting as a freshman on the top-ranked WPIAL team in Class AA?

"It's a great accomplishment that I worked hard for. I've played my whole life, and when I was real little, I used to play with all boys."

Coach Janine Vertacnik said you've surpassed her expectations. Have you surprised yourself with your success as a freshman?

"Yeah I guess I have. My goal was to start, but I'm just playing really well right now."

What song do you listen to before a game?

"Either "Hard" by Rihanna or Eminem's "Until I Collapse."

What are your future goals?

"I want to play basketball at UConn. I've wanted that since I was in the fifth grade."

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