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February 28, 2012

Catching up with Amesbury basketball player Emily Martin

Amesbury junior Emily Martin recently concluded a basketball season in which the Indians went 5-15. She took a moment to chat with The Daily News following the season.

School: Amesbury

Sports: Soccer, basketball, track

Basketball stats: 12.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game. Led the Indians with 21 three-pointers and 58 made free throws.

Accomplishments: CAL All-League soccer player (defender), CAL All-League basketball player (point guard), basketball team captain as junior, future senior captain of soccer team.

You really had a coming-out year this season for basketball as the team's primary ball-handler and top scorer with nearly twice as many points as a season ago (130 to 241). What do you think enabled you to have such a nice season, and what would you consider to be your best attributes on the court?

"This year, we were really closer as a team, and it helped, and being a junior allowed me to step up and have more confidence. I was able to drive to the hoop better, and my jump shot was improved."

What are some things you would like to work on in terms of your game to come back and be an even better player?

"Good question. I think the biggest thing is to work on my three-point shot. I just need to get out and get more shots."

Who is the toughest defender or the toughest match-up you had to go against this season?

"Newburyport's Beth Castantini was really good, and Pentucket probably had the best team we played against, too."

Just two years ago, the Amesbury girls soccer team made the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade, the first time under girls soccer coach Cathy Berry. It's been six years since the girls basketball team made the state tournament. Do you think you and your class can get the basketball team into postseason play next year?

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