Somers senior Faith Anne Ferguson is a forward and team captain on the varsity girls basketball team.
How old were you when you started playing basketball and how did you get started?
In third grade when my parents signed me up for in-town.
What has new coach Marc Hattem brought to the team?
My favorite thing is our series of defenses. Coach put in defenses that constantly leave team’s guessing and trying to break our rotations.
What are some of the team accomplishments and goals the team has achieved so far that you’re proud of? What are some goals that are still yet to be achieved?
As a team we’ve won some pretty huge games and competed with great teams. We’re trying to think one step at a time as to not get ahead of ourselves, so our goal right now is to win the league.
What personal goals do you hope to accomplish this season?
My personal goal is to have fun my senior year and to work hard to help the team reach our goals any way that I can.
How do you hope to lead the team this season?
Being a senior is just about leading the team to realize that all of our games matter, whether against a big rival or not. Our attitudes and effort matters just as much as skill.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
I love coming home on the bus after a big road win. We always find some way to celebrate whether dancing or singing the entirety of the “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” song.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents have always been my biggest role models. My dad coached my travel team when I was younger and he always tells me to “be a tiger” and play like it’s my last game. And I also have to mention the Murphy and Rosenzweig families. They’ve always been my biggest supporters along with my own parents.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Not a lot of people know that there is questioning in my house whether FaithAnne is my first name or if Faith is my first name and Anne my middle name.
Do you plan on continuing to play a sport in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
No. I might play club sports, but I wanted to focus more on my academics.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I plan on studying biology on a pre-med track. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor because it combines my love of science and helping people.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
Michael Phelps. He’s the best of the best and there is a running joke in my family about how my brother looks just like him.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
We always listen to music together as a team. I would say our team song is “Kill the Lights.” Everyone knows the words and all of us singing it gets everyone hyped for the game.
For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the basketball program and why should they go out for the team?
It’s fantastic. The coaches are committed to the teams and create a competitive and fun atmosphere. We have a successful program that fosters winners on and off the court.