WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:
Montini freshman Sophie Sullivan, a Lombard resident, scored 18 points in a 47-36 win over Mother McAuley, and 21 points – hitting seven 3-pointers – in a 62-28 win over Trinity.
Sullivan talked to Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge about the season and more. Here is an edited version of the transcript:
Welge: Seven 3s! Did you realize you were having that big a game?
Sullivan: I knew I was having that type of game. I missed my first couple shots and I couldn't make a shot, and then eventually in the second quarter I hit four in a row going into halftime. My coach just told me 'You have the green light, you're hot, keep shooting.' I ended up making three more.
Welge: How big was that McAuley win?
Sullivan: It was a huge win for us. We played them once before and we beat them by one. To go on their home court and beat them again was huge. My teammate [Angelina] Giordano, she made a lot of 3s, Tatiana [Thomas] and Taris [Thornton] are huge rebounders for us. Everybody played a role.
Welge: How has Sam [Mitchell] helped you since she was hurt?
Sullivan: When she got hurt, it was really out of the blue and everybody was shocked. I'm not going to lie the first couple games were really nerve-racking for me. I didn't really know how to handle the situation. Sam has always been a role model of mine. It's funny how we became teammates. She leads me and tells me what to do on the bench. As a freshman I appreciate her leadership.
Welge: Was basketball always your sport?
Sullivan: I would always go to my brothers' games, I have five older brothers, and I'd go to their games and practices. I started park district in second grade, then third grade with the Lady Lightning. I also did volleyball, track and cross country. I just really loved the game.