WESTFIELD, NJ — The 16-year-old Westfield High School junior has stepped up her game this year, leading the team in scoring and three-pointers, her coach said.
Ali Lisanti, who plays small forward on the varsity girls basketball team, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.
“There is no doubt that she works on her game in the off-season and wants to get better, and it shows,” said Liz McKeon, Westfield's head girls varsity basketball coach. “She works hard every day and always has a positive attitude.”
Lisanti scored 16 points and hit four three-pointers in the Lady Blue Devils’ win over Columbia on Tuesday, McKeon said.
Lisanti has been playing basketball for 10 years, first for the Westfield Recreation program and then playing travel ball with Saint Helen’s CYO program before her time at Westfield High School.
“I love playing on this year’s team,” Lisanti said. “We’ve had each other’s backs. It’s truly a team. Everybody contributes in some way, either by shooting, passing, rebounding, or screening, et cetera.”
There’s a lot of young talent on the team said Lisanti, who has played point guard, shooting guard and long forward.
Lisanti said she is grateful for her family, including her grandmother, a former basketball player, who comes to every one of her games, and her mother, who played basketball in college and now officiates games.
The Westfield junior said she said she intends to continue her basketball play in college.
“Several colleges have shown interest in me and I have been pursuing these options,” Lisanti said. “Ultimately, I would like to coach at the high school level and possibly, one day, the collegiate level.”