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Name: Abbie Zinobile

School: Juniata Valley

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Athlete of the week achievement: Zinobile scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Lady Hornets’ 53-40, first-round win over Bishop Carroll in the District 6 Class A playoffs. She also scored 14 of her team’s 31 points, including hitting five of her last six free-throw attempts, and had nine rebounds in a 31-28 upset of Claysburg-Kimmel to guarantee Juniata Valley a spot in the state playoffs.

Season update: Zinobile averages 13.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. She is 11 points away from her 1,000th career point.

Coach Rachelle Hopsicker’s quote: “She stepped up like a leader. She did the things we asked of her. The free-throws down the stretch made the difference in the Claysburg-Kimmel game.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Thomas

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite movie: “The Guardian”

Favorite food: Buffalo chicken dip

Favorite song: Anything country

Outside interests: Volleyball, softball, spending time with family

Favorite professional team: Miami Heat

Favorite college team: Penn St.

Pro athlete most admired: Heath Miller

Best athlete I ever played with: Katy Leamer

Best athlete I ever competed against: Sam Damiano

Most influential person on my athletic career: My former coach Jama Greene, who passed away in 2010

Proudest athletic achievement: Defeating Claysburg-Kimmel in D6-A quarterfinals

How I got my start in basketball: My parents took me to watch my cousin, Jess, at St. Farncis when I was little and I always wanted to be like her

Future goal: To get a degree in elementary and special education