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Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week: Huntley’s Jessie Ozzauto

Huntley’s Jessie Ozzauto and the Red Raiders girls basketball team are off to a promising start this season with a 5-1 record.

Ozzauto, a junior guard, had a memorable performance against St. Viator in Huntley’s fourth and final game of the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 23, scoring a career-high 24 points and making three 3-pointers, including a half-court shot at the first-quarter buzzer, to help lift the Raiders to victory.

Huntley had wins in its first two Fox Valley Conference games last week against Prairie Ridge and Jacobs and will look to keep its streak going Tuesday at Cary-Grove.

Ozzauto was voted Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week by readers and answered a few questions from sports writer Alex Kantecki.

How did you get your start in basketball?

Ozzauto: I started in the park district league in second grade with Alyssa Koop, who is still my teammate to this day.

What do you like most about basketball?

Ozzauto: I enjoy the game-day atmosphere and working every day to get better. I also enjoy spending time with my teammates at practice and the memories we make outside of practice.

Who is your biggest hero?

Ozzauto: My biggest hero is my entire family. My parents push and support me in everything I do and my brothers always support me and have my back.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Ozzauto: I can make really good omelettes.

What would you change about basketball?

Ozzauto: Having a shot clock.

What is something you are not good at, but you wish you could do well?

Ozzauto: Sing.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Ozzauto: Stephen Curry.

What is your most memorable moment playing basketball?

Ozzauto: Winning the regional championship with my team during freshman year.

What’s the last good movie you saw?

Ozzauto: “Elf.”

How does track and field help you in basketball and vice versa?

Ozzauto: Track helps me with my footwork and speed and basketball helps me with the endurance I need to compete.

What’s a song or artist on your playlist that would surprise people?

Ozzauto: Frank Sinatra.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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