Emma missed some basketball stuff in her early years, playing soccer tournament some weekends.
And she admits that soccer is a year-round sport.
"Fall, winter, spring," Emma said, "and even part of summer."
Now, though, basketball season is for basketball. Emma has made a point to prioritize high school hoops over club soccer during the winter.
"This is my four months for basketball," Emma said. "Soccer is for fall and spring."
Emma's part of a special group of WW South seniors on the basketball team, 11 of them, that helped the Tigers reach a sectional final last year.
"It's one of those groups that comes along every now and then," WW South coach Rob Kroehnke said. "Since freshmen they've been on task, they understand what is needed. They're all leaders."
Kroehnke has coached Emma since she was in seventh grade, and enjoyed watching her grow.
She understands the game, which allows her to outsmart bigger opponents. Incredibly, she's also WW South's leading rebounder. Kroehnke thinks she could play Division III basketball, but soccer is her future.
"She's mature beyond her years, on and off the floor," Kroehnke said. "One of those special kids that gets it and understands not just the game but everything that goes along with it."
Emma said the reality that this is her last basketball season hasn't really hit her yet. She's too busy building toward a big finish.
The Tigers, after dropping three straight games to close December, are 3-0 in January with a big one looming Friday at Geneva.
"We didn't start off the season the way we wanted to, but as the season has gone on we've corrected those little mistakes," Emma said. We have definitely picked it up defensively. We need to keep playing hard and aggressive."