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Alexa Braslow (photo courtesy of Lower Merion Athletics/Michael Rice Photography)

The multi-talented sophomore point guard has been a key factor for the emerging Aces this winter. As of Jan. 15, she’s averaging 9.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.3 apg and 4.5 spg, and in a recent win against Marple Newtown made 10 steals, dished out 10 assists and scored 20 points. As a freshman, Braslow received All-Main Line girls’ basketball honors. Lower Merion girls basketball head coach Erin Laney said, “Alexa has single-handedly breathed life back into Lower Merion girls’ basketball. For the last two seasons, she has comported herself with a maturity far beyond her years both on and off the court. This trait carries into Alexa’s play, specifically through her court vision and ‘IQ.’ A mountain of pressure always rests on the shoulders of a point guard, but Alexa has handled this with observable composure. Alexa has humbly resurrected a kind of competitiveness that this program has not seen in over a decade.”

 Q: What aspect of your game did you work on most during the past off-season?

 A: Over the summer, I worked primarily on shooting, finishing at the basket, floaters, catch and shoot, and scoring off the dribble. My strengths have always been my court vision and creating scoring opportunities for my teammates. Coming into this season, I understood that I had to also become more of a scoring threat for my team to be successful.

Q: What were your goals coming into this season?

 A: My goals coming into the season were team oriented. First, winning more games so Lower Merion could play in the postseason this year. And second, but more personally, I wanted to be more vocal on the court and be a team leader.

 Q: What do you think are the biggest key(s) to playing defense?

 A: I think the keys to playing defense are anticipation and effort. Understanding what the opponent is trying to do through film study, learning tendencies during the course of a game, and luring the opponent into a sense of security with the ball, all the while anticipating the steal. But nothing is more important than effort and hustle.

Q: What do you think has been the biggest keys to Lower Merion’s improvement this season?

 

A: The biggest keys are playing as a team and our resilient mindset. We are tough and share the ball and help each other on defense. And we have great senior leaders. We’ve been down during many games this year but from the bench to the starters, everyone is always encouraging and supportive. Our team plays tough until the end, regardless of the score.

 

Q: What has been your favorite experience (to date) with the Lower Merion girls’ basketball team this season?

 

A: My favorite experience so far this season was our team trip to Wildwood. It’s always fun to play in new venues and take on different challenges against teams outside our league, but the highlights are the smaller things outside of basketball like bonding with my teammates at the hotel, laughing with my teammates during team meals, and just traveling and experiencing new adventures with my teammates and coaches.

 

Q: Tell us a little about your start in competitive basketball – have you always been a guard?

 

A: Yes, I’ve always been a point guard, maybe because I’ve always been on the smaller side. I understood the game and could instinctively handle the ball at a young age.

 

Q: What (in your opinion) are the biggest key(s) to successful rebounding?

 

A: Same as defense – hustle, effort and anticipation. Even though I’m usually the smallest player on the floor, I pride myself in boxing out and diving on the floor for loose balls and long rebounds. I believe that getting the rebound and being able to push the pace is integral for the success of our offense.

 

Q: Who have been your top basketball mentors, and what was the most important thing you learned from each of them?

 

A: I’ve been fortunate to have so many basketball mentors. Early on it was my dad who helped me develop a love for the game. Lower Merion coach Erin Laney, who has been my biggest advocate since before Day One, has given me more confidence and encouraged me to play free. Coaches who I’ve played for the last several years in AAU, like Lexie Gerson and Leah Matusow, have taught me so much more about understanding the game.

 

Q: This season you are wearing uniform jersey No. 23 for Lower Merion girls’ basketball – is there a reason you chose that number?

 

A: It felt like an iconic basketball number, and I like the way it looks too.

 

Fun facts – Alexa Braslow

Favorite book: The Hunger Games.

Favorite author: Colleen Hoover.

Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars.

Favorite movie: Pitch Perfect.

Favorite athlete: Allen Iverson.

Favorite pre-game pump-up song: Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore.

Favorite team: Philadelphia Eagles.

Favorite place to visit: “The beach with my family.”

Favorite pre-game meal: Banana and protein bar.

Person I most admire, and why: “I most admire my older sisters, Abby and Sara, because they taught me to be competitive from a young age.”

Family members: Parents Derek and Cara, stepmother Donna, older sisters Abby and Sara.

 

(To be selected as Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by her coach.)