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Sports

Suburban Life Most Valuable Athlete: Annie Stritzel, Nazareth, senior, basketball

Annie Stritzel
Annie Stritzel

WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:

Nazareth senior Annie Stritzel scored 19 points, had the game-winning shot with eight seconds left and game-saving block as time expired in the Roadrunners' 41-40 win over Montini in the championship game of the Montini Christmas Tournament.

Stritzel talked to Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge about the game, and her season. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: You've had some huge wins the last two years. Where does that one rank?

Stritzel: It was probably the biggest confidence-booster for us. It really validated our team. A lot of people doubted us because we're not that big, but we proved that we can play against a number of ranked teams.

Welge: How far has your team come since the first time you beat Montini?

Stritzel: We lost to Simeon the week before, which was good for us. We needed to be more physical and box out better. That loss really helped us come together.

Welge: How many times have you watched video of the end of the Montini game?

Stritzel: I think me and my team watched video on repeat for about 30 minutes.

Welge: Does it ever blow your mind that a year from now you'll be at Harvard?

Stritzel: It hits me every once in a while. When I got my acceptance letter I took a second, I couldn't believe it was happening.

Welge: Who's the best shooter in your family?

Stritzel: There's a lot of debates. My dad would say him. My brother would say that he is. I will have to go with myself. We'll play Horse with my dad and he'll win one and say he's retiring.

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