KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Batavia junior girls basketball player Liza Fruendt
Why he was selected: Fruendt scored a career high, 32 points on Saturday in leading Batavia to a 69-68, overtime win against host Oswego in the third place game of the Oswego Tournament.
In her third year on the varsity team, Batavia girls basketball guard Liza Fruendt is enjoying a monster start to the season, most recently tallying 32 points for the Bulldogs in Saturday's win at Oswego. Fruendt, the younger sibling of former Batavia basketball players Nick (who went on to play at Northwestern) and Sara, is the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week. Sports editor Jay Schwab caught up with Fruendt to discuss her strong start to the season. The following is an edited transcript:
You've had a few major scoring outbursts this season, including this weekend. Has that caught you by surprise or did you think you'd be capable of that this season?
Well, I've been training all offseason and been playing with my [travel] team as hard as possible and doing everything I can to make sure I'm successful during this season. I tried as hard as I could in the offseason to see results like this. It's nice to see it happening.
Is it difficult to balance being a big scorer like you've become and still being a facilitator and someone who can create for others?
I think when you're passing the ball, you're just going to get it back. That's what I've been taught my whole life, when you make an extra pass, in the end, you're going to get it back, too. ... I think it kind of goes hand-in-hand when you're trying to score.
What's your favorite sports movie?
Me and my [family] were just talking about this the other day. Probably "Glory Road," I'd say.
What's been your toughest class this semester?