Athlete of the Week: Maura Benson

Senior Maura Benson practices running a play as fellow senior Jessica Petroski guards her. (Photo by Ian Magnuson)

By Alyssa Zediker
Executive Sports Editor
Maura Benson is one of three captains for girls’ basketball team. The Knights defeated Schaumburg 50-41 and will be playing Elk Grove Dec 2 at 6:30 for full coverage check back here on
Q: How has the seasons been going for you so far?

A: It has been good we have a young team but we definitely have a lot of talent and the [York] tournament went well. We played five games and this was the first time we were in it. It’s way more competitive than last years tournament. The team came out of the tournament 3-2. So that was really good for us because we lost to teams that are ranked in the state. The more practice we get the better we will become.
Q: What do you do at practices?


A: First of all, I am trying to get stronger because being the tallest person I usually have to go up against the strongest girls. I play post so I am trying to work on my post moves and finishing towards the basket, so I get fouled more because sometimes I tend to fade away. And then [I am] working on running the floor. One of our big game plans is to run our fast break because we are a small, but quick team, so we can score quick layups. 


Q: Do you feel like you are a team leader? What is your role then?


A: I definitely do. Myself and the two other seniors are captains this year and basically my role is a leader by example in practice and I vocalize when I want to give directions and then during the games I am reminding people and giving encouraging words.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: 27 Dresses
Q: What is your favorite pizza topping?


A: Pepperoni


Q: What is your goal for the season?


A: Definitely to have a winning record. We usually say that we want to win at least 20 games. We want to finish either one or two in conference this year. I definitely think that is doable if we play to our potential and work really hard. We want to win a regional and try to go farther than that. That is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication.