Tim Martin/Columbia-Greene Media Catskill freshman Janay Brantley earned Patroon Conference girls basketball Most Valuable Player honors this past season and is just 33 points away from reaching 1,000 points for her career.

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Janay Brantley/Catskill Basketball

Q: How did you fall in love with your sport?

A: I fell in love with my sport because of my family. I was born into a basketball family. growing up basketball was my brothers and mother’s favorite and main sport. My dad was more into baseball, but he did put in a lot of time to work with me and help me get better, and basketball just stuck with me ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as an athlete in that sport?

A: My favorite memory as an athlete playing basketball would have to be starting as a seventh grader on varsity and scoring my first points.

Q: What is your favorite sports moment as a fan?

A: My favorite sports memory would have to be going to the World Series and watching my cousin play.

Q: What athlete do you look up to the most and why?

A: The athletes I look up to the most are probably my brothers. I look up to them the most because I grew up watching them play and accomplish the goals they set for themselves. It was always a competition between us and they always make me work 10 times harder to be the best I can be. They’re my number one supporters and critics.

Q: Best advice you’ve received from a coach, mentor or teammate in your sport?

A: Best advice I received would be from my family. The advice they would tell me before every game was to “never let anybody outwork you” and to “leave no regrets when the game is over.” I always stuck to those words, and before every game my mom would call me over and give me one of her famous pep talks.

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