For senior Isabella Mastropietro, basketball has always been a really important part of her life. Mastropietro has been playing basketball since she was five years old and the sport has connected her with some of her closest friends. Now as a senior in high school, Mastropietro is one of Woodland’s girls basketball team captains.
This is not only Mastropietro’s senior season, but also a special year after having to take last season off due to a serious knee injury. After playing basketball for almost her entire life, having to take a year off due to an injury was really difficult for Mastropietro; however, she is really glad to be back for her senior year.
“It’s just a different feeling because when I broke my knee, I wasn’t able to play; it made me realize how much I actually love the sport and wanted to play. So, I feel like I have more of a want to play this year.”
This season, the team is a much younger group, consisting of many freshmen players. For Mastropietro, this is what makes Woodland’s team so unique. Now, along with holding a strong bond, the team is also seeing brand new talent.
Being on the team this year is really special for Mastropietro because of the close friendships the sport has brought her throughout her career. Ultimately, Mastropietro hopes the team will make it to the state tournament this year, along with NVL’s.
“My favorite part about being on the Woodland basketball team is that we all get along and we’re all friendly with each other.”