Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
Due to the Christmas holiday, our weekly AOTW was published a day later.
This week’s athlete is Cedar Cliff girls basketball’s Rachael Reilly. Not many teams had a flawless week before Christmas, but the Colts did, finishing 2-0 with wins over Mechanicsburg and Palmyra to move to 6-1 (4-0 Keystone). The Colts are alone atop the division standings during the holidays.
Reilly stood out with steady performances, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively, in the wins. Her 10.9 points per game and nine 3-pointers lead the most balanced team in Cumberland County, which features six players averaging at least 5 ppg.
Q: The team is at the top of the division. What makes the team so tough to stop?
A: The versatility of the team makes our team really tough to play against. On any given night any one of us could be on. There isn’t one player that stands out every game, we all have our games which makes us hard to play against.
Q: Anything you can pinpoint that is helping the team do so well?
A: One thing that I️ believe helps us be a strong team is the relationships we have both on and off the court. A handful of us have been playing together for a while now, not only in basketball but other sports also. We have just grown to understand the ways each other plays, which helps us greatly when it comes to game time.
Q: With the Olympics coming up, what sport or sports are you looking forward to watching?
A: I️ am looking forward to watching the U.S bobsledding teams and the ski jumpers.
Q: Are there any Christmas presents that you got that are your favorite? Do you have one that you’re really proud of getting?
A: My parents surprised my siblings and I️ with a trip to Nashville to experience the Country Music Awards Festival. I️ feel very fortunate and blessed to be able to experience this opportunity.
Q: Does your family have any traditions for the holidays?
A: Every year my family goes to cut down our Christmas tree. After it is put up and the lights are on, we all decorate it together. For the past four years it has fallen down before Christmas. It is currently bungee-corded to the wall.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of basketball?
A: I️ have played soccer since I️ was little and I️ played all four years in high school. I️ currently work at BJ’s. In my spare time between school, work and basketball, I️ enjoy being with my family and friends.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: As of now, my dream job would be what I️ am currently striving for in my future. I️ would like to be working in the radiology field. The idea of helping people everyday attracts me to the medical field.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My older sister, Becca, inspires me the most. Since she has always gone through things first, she has guided me through the good times and the bad. She has always been the first person to laugh with me and the first person to provide a shoulder to cry on. She has been someone I️ have always looked up.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”—Wayne Gretzky
This quote doesn’t only relate to sports, but it relates to life. I️ try to take every opportunity that is thrown my way, whether positive or negative, and make it the best outcome possible.