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10 Questions with Chloe Dyne, Malibu girls basketball
Chloe Dyne, 14, is a freshman who plays guard for the Malibu High School Sharks girls basketball team.
What is your favorite thing about the game of basketball?
When you play a sport right and step on the court and nothing else matters but the game. For me it’s nice to forget about everything and just play basketball.
How did you first get into basketball?
I first started playing in a co-ed league because I knew some people who were playing and then I joined an all-girls league in eighth grade.
Stylistically are you more score-first or pass-first? And what goes into that mentality?
I’m more of a pass-first guard for our team. I think you have to remind yourself that this is a team sport and even if you don’t score much in a game, making those key passes for your teammates is just as important as scoring the basket.
Who was or is your biggest role model and why?
My biggest role model is probably my mom because since I was young she has always encouraged me to play sports and has taught some valuable lessons, especially when it comes to committing to a team.
Do you have a favorite athlete?
My favorite athlete would probably be (U.S. soccer player) Hope Solo. Even though she’s not a basketball player, she is still my favorite athlete. She is very determined and persistent and I think that is very cool.
What sports do you watch? Do you root for any certain teams?
I watch basketball, soccer and hockey. I root for the Golden State Warriors and the L.A. Kings.
What hobbies do you have outside of basketball?
I like going sailing and paddle boarding. Mostly just anything to do with a beach.
With this being your first season playing high school basketball, what have you learned so far?
I have learned a lot this year by just being on the court. I learned how to handle the ball with pressure way better and have been able to keep up with the intensity of a varsity basketball team.
What’s the environment like, with your team being so young?
It’s kind of challenging because we are so young and inexperienced, but in the long run we will all benefit from playing varsity all four years together.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation, because I think it would be awesome to just snap your fingers and be in a different location in seconds.
Interview by Freelance Reporter Ryan Flynn.