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Yorktown Senior Captain Gives Maximum Effort on Court

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Emily Nigro drives during a regular season game against Mahopac.
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Yorktown senior Emily Nigro is a point guard and team captain on the varsity girls basketball team.

How old were you when you started playing basketball and how did you get started?

I started playing basketball when I was 8 years old. My parents asked me if I wanted to play basketball and they signed me up with the Yorktown in-house program, and I’ve loved the sport ever since.

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What do you think are your strengths as a basketball player?

One of my strengths is that I see the court very well and am able to get the ball to the open player.

As a senior captain on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?

My role as a leader is to lead by example by always giving maximum effort. I also think my role is to help my teammates reach their potential by encouraging them to be the best that they can be.

What are your individual and team goals for the season? What does Yorktown basketball need to do to be successful?

Since this is my first year playing point guard, there’s a lot to work on and my goal by the end of the season is to reach my full potential as a point guard. As far as team goals, we want to advance further in sectionals than we did last year.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

My favorite pregame activity is when the team huddles before every game where we just joke around and get hyped for the game.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My biggest role model has always been my dad. He’s been the best coach that I’ve ever had. He has always given me encouragement and guidance throughout the years.  Before games, he always texts me with his tips on what I need to do to have a successful game. I have come to appreciate and cherish his advice.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I’m Italian and I hate tomato sauce.

Do you plan on continuing basketball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?

Even though I love playing basketball, I do not plan on playing in college.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I am interested in studying nursing, particularly neonatal or pediatrics. Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted a profession in the medical field.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

I really don’t have a favorite athlete or team, but I do enjoy watching soccer, basketball and hockey.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

While warming up, we listen to a wide variety of music, like “All I Do is Win” and “Follow Me.”

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

The ability to fly because then I would be able to travel the world whenever I wanted.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would go to Bora Bora because I love the beach, the water is beautiful there and it’s one of the few places where you can stay in water huts.

What is your favorite food to eat before a game?

Pasta

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?

Salsa Fresca because it is cheap and they have the best quesadillas.

What advice would you give to a young basketball player growing up in Yorktown?

My advice would be to find your strengths and work hard on improving them. You don’t have to be a super athlete to be a great basketball player.

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