Sewickley Academy athlete of the week: Breanna Warner |

Sewickley Academy athlete of the week: Breanna Warner

Shawn Annarelli
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Sewickley Academy’s Breanna Warner blocks a shot by Vincentian’s Hanna Katz during their game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in McCandless.

Breanna Warner

School: Sewickley Academy

Sport: Basketball

Class: Sophomore

Claim to fame: Breanna Warner played a key role in her team’s last two wins against Union and Eden Christian by scoring 17 combined points.

The victories put Sewickley Academy’s girls basketball team into a three-way tie for third place in Section 1-A. The team will turn its attention to the playoffs, Warner said, with the goal in mind of knowing where everyone should be at all times to make a deep run.

To what do you attribute your recent individual success?

I’ve been working with my coach to improve my post move and getting to the basket and worrying about finishing instead of thinking about the foul. Refs don’t see everything, so I’ve been focused on that and making sure the ball goes to whoever it should go to for us to get it in the hoop.

What’s your favorite shot on the court?

My favorite is down in the post, more whenever I’m posted up on someone and I can get around them in a quick spin move. It can throw them off guard, and there are multiple moves you can do once they catch on to the first one and build from there.

You have had playing time at Sewickley Academy since you were a freshman. Who has taken you under their wing the last two years?

A senior that graduated last year was Olivia Ryder. … She was really the only post last year and coming in as a freshman was of nerve-wracking. She took time after every practice to show me different moves. Some of our seniors this year, Kendall Lightcap, Myra Samuel and Theresa Wilson, have different parts on the team, but they all boost me up when I miss a shot or I’m just not on my best game. They’re always there for me.

At one point the team lost four of five games. What did you learn from that stretch?

I think it was that we needed to come together more. At the beginning of the year we had greater chemistry, we had built up our individual skills and played really competitively. I guess it just fell apart, but we all really wanted to get back into a groove and win more.

What does the team have to do to be successful in the postseason?

I think we just have to have team chemistry. We’re going to lose six or seven seniors after this season, and they really kept the team going. We know each other. I think we have to know what we’re all good at. If someone is good at something, like shooting from the corner or in the post, we just have to know when to set them up for that shot and always have another option.

You’re part of a talented sophomore class. What legacy do you want to leave at Sewickley Academy?

We have four sophomores, JJ Jardini, Kamryn Lightcap, me and Mia DelVecchio. She was new this year, and we didn’t know a lot about her at first. I think we all had this instant connection. We have different roles and can all hit amazing shots. I think coming up we can go far and hopefully go further every postseason.

Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer.