NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Meghan Lamanna has played just 10 games in her varsity career for the New Providence girls basketball team, but she's already established herself as both an on-court leader and as a player around whom opposing teams must focus their game plans.
A freshman guard who started for New Providence on opening night, Lamanna is averaging a team-high 16.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists for a Pioneers team that is undefeated through 10 games.
Lamanna, who scored 14 points in her first varsity game, scored a career-high 28 points against Scotch Plains-Fanwood in a 63-34 victory last week.
"Meghan is a difference-maker," said New Providence girls basketball coach Cap Pazdera. "Not only is she a dangerous shooter, but defensively, we usually match her up against the other team's best ball handler."
Lamanna is the Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors Pioneer Athlete of the Week.
Earlier this week, Lamanna took time to respond to some questions from TAPinto New Providence.
Q: What are some of your team's goals and personal goals for this year's basketball season?
A: Our team has several goals this year including winning a conference title, winning the Union County Tournament and being very successful in the Group 1 state tournament. My personal goal is to always find the best play for my teammates with each possession. Another personal goal for the season is to work on finishing at the basket and adding pull up jump shots.
Q: Did you think you would be this ready to step in and play on the varsity level right away?
A: I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to play varsity this season. I do feel like I was prepared for the level of competition based on my offseason training which is also at a competitive level.
Q: What has been the best advice you have received from a coach?
A: The best advice I have received from a coach is to always work hard because there’s always room for improvement. I’ve heard this from many of my coaches, but I truly believe it makes a difference in the long run.
Q: What has been your most memorable game to date?
A: My most memorable games to date were over this past December when we won the Lions holiday tournament.
Q: What do you like most about New Providence High School?
A: The thing I like most about New Providence High School is the people. It’s a small school, so the students really get to know each other and are very supportive of one another.
Q: Do you have a favorite subject?
A: Yes, I have two favorite subjects, math and French.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: My favorite athlete is Moriah Jefferson, who was the point guard for the UConn women’s basketball team. She graduated in 2016 and is currently playing for the Dallas Wings.
Q: Do you have a role model?
A: Yes, my role model is my sister, Erin. She’s a good athlete and a good student, but most importantly, a great person. She volunteers a lot of her time to help others and motivates me to do the same.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not playing a sport?
A: When I am not playing a sport, I like to hang out with my friends and spend time with my family.
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