Maddie Emery a key senior for girls team
Maddie Emery understands the situation.
As a senior, Emery has been an integral part of the Catty girls’ basketball and have watched the team have its share of highs and lows as they struggle to gain respectability.
This season hasn’t been any different. The Roughies will begin the week with an overall 3-10 record, looking to shake a four-game losing streak.
“We have the talent, but we are small,” said Emery about her team’s plight. “We don’t have a big girl like some of the other team in the league. That can be a problem.
“We have done a pretty good job defensively, but we just can drain enough baskets. We can keep it close, but we can’t seem to hit the big basket when we need to.”
A senior captain, Emery has gained the respect of her teammates and coaches.
“Maddy has been a valuable part of our program for four years now and it has been a pleasure to watch her grow and mature as a person,’” said head coach Ed Seidick. “She is one of the nicest kids I have ever coached and she is going to be successful at whatever she puts her mind to. Maddy has put her team ahead of herself and has been a vocal leader for several years.
“She is a perfect example of how basketball is not just about wins and losses, but about the life lessons it can teach you. Watching her confidence and leadership skills develop has been proof of that.
She may not put up the biggest stats, but her hustle and effort have never been in doubt.”
Emery, who tried several sports as a youth, began playing basketball in the fourth grade and joined forces with her current group of upperclassmen in middle school.
“My teammates have been my closest friends,” Emery said. “We are all very good friends and we have a very good chemistry together. We have a much tighter group than we have had in the past few years.”
Emery also has been playing soccer since she was five and began running track in high school. She plans on attending West Chester University to pursue a degree in education and will end her athletic career.
Emery also is very thankful for the contributions and guidance from all of her coaches from her early days at the CYA through her current status.
She also realizes her team will have an opportunity to redeem itself in the second half of the season.
“We will play some teams again and we will know what to expect,” she said. “We had some breakdowns against teams and it cost us.
“We just need to improve upon what we have done. We just have to go out and play as hard as we can.”