Q&A: Faith Maldonado (12)

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Faith Maldonado (12) comes running out of the locker rooms ready to play. This is Maldonado’s fourth year playing girls basketball.

Kevin Holechko

Q: Describe what it was like when you first made the team?

A: It was exciting, I had waited for all those year, I was ready to play at the high school level.

Q: Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration?

A:Probably the assistant coaches, like Ms. Jeanette Grey [Mathematics] and Mr. Andy Gurnak [physical education]. They are nicer than the head coaches, because they don’t have to be as strict.

Q:What was your favorite memory from this  basketball season?

A: Everything, being a senior is so much different: everyone looks up to you. We all had a lot of fun.

Q: Do you have a pregame routine that you follow before any game?

A: No, I am not into superstitions, so I would just go out and play.

Q: Was it always your goal to make the girls basketball team?

A: For sure. I lived in Hammond [when I was younger], so I didn’t want to play for Lake Central, but I definitely wanted to play when I was older.

Q: If you could go back and change one thing in your past four years what would it be?

A: Not to take the practices for granted [and] not to take any of it for granted. Even now I miss it and I wish I could go back.

Q: What will you take with you from playing all of these years?

A: That things don’t come easy you have to work for what you want, and that it is better to work for the things you want in life and not just let it get handed to you.

Q: If you were to tell the upcoming seniors one thing, what would it be?

A: Don’t take it for granted. People say it all the time, [you want] to have fun because it doesn’t get any better than this.