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Sports

Suburban Life Most Valuable Athlete: Maggie Greco, Downers Grove South, senior, basketball

Maggie Greco
Maggie Greco

WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:

Downers Grove South senior guard Maggie Greco hit 11 of 15 shots to take second place at the Class 4A state 3-point shootout.

Greco talked about the achievement with Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: So what was the experience like shooting at state?

Greco: That last day, there's less girls you are competing against and more people are watching. I was the third person to go. The first person sank three in a row and everybody was like 'ooooh.' I was like 'I hope people don't do that for me.' It's a difficult environment; you have to learn to adapt quickly.

Welge: Had you been to state before?

Greco: I made it there last year as a junior; obviously I didn't make it as far. I was way more nervous last year than I was this year. I knew what I was walking into. It was so much fun, despite all the nerves. The first round at state I made 10 out of 15 shots, I tied with four other girls for three spots. I went into a tiebreaker in the corner and came on top, I made eight of 10 shots.

Welge: Do you have a shooting routine?

Greco: I definitely just calm myself down. I'm not really a nervous person, I've been told I perform well under pressure. Every time I shoot I go around to reach rack, flip the ball so the Wilson label is facing upward, adjust the rack, double check, breathe and wait for the buzzer.

Welge: What's your college plans?

Greco: I'm going to George Washington University to play softball. I want to major in criminal justice. Some day I would like to land somewhere in the FBI.

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