Why she was selected:
Oswego East sophomore guard Christine Corpuz has averaged close to 16 points over the Wolves’ last 6-7 games.
Corpuz has also averaged close to four assists and four steals per game, with a school record 10 steals in one game, and close to four rebounds per game. Most recently, she scored 10 points in Oswego East’s win over Plainfield North and eight in a win over Oswego Tuesday. Corpuz talked to Ledger sports editor Joshua Welge about her season, basketball and more. Here is an edited version of the transcript.
Welge: First off, how good did it feel to get that crosstown win?
Corpuz: We knew it was a big game – it’s always big around the town in general. We knew we had to come out with a lot of fire. How well we played at the beginning of the game was a big key. It really set the tempo.
Welge: How would you assess where the team is right now?
Corpuz: I think compared to how we were playing at the beginning of the season, the crosstown was a good representation of where we are. We have improved so much since October and November. We’re learning to trust each other more on and off the court.
Welge: You’ve been pretty consistent lately with your scoring. What’s been going on?
Corpuz: I’ve been feeling a lot better now than at the beginning of the year, but I know I still have a long way to go. There’s still tons of room for improvement.
I hyperextended my right knee in our second or third game of the Thanksgiving tournament and I was out about two and a half weeks. I did therapy, rested and came back around early or mid-December. It took about two or three games to get back to how I usually play, but the therapy helped. Right now it’s been feeling good.
Welge: You were a freshman starter on a conference champion last year, and now you’re one of the most experienced players despite only being a sophomore. What’s the adjustment been like?
Corpuz: I was more of a role player last year with two Division I posts, but half that team graduated. This year has given me a chance to be a leader, to guide our team in games. It’s given me a chance to be that person.
Welge: What’s your favorite subject in school?
Corpuz: I’m more of a math/science girl.
Welge: What’s your favorite TV show?
Corpuz: Anything on the TW.
Welge: What’s the last movie you saw?
Corpuz: “Jumanji.” That was hilarious.
Welge: What’s the last book you read?
Corpuz: In school we read Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell. We are currently reading Into the Wild.
Welge: Do you have a basketball player you like watching?
Corpuz: If we’re looking at NBA, probably [Boston Celtics guard] Kyrie Irving or [Cleveland Cavaliers guard] Isaiah Thomas.