The sophomore point guard led the Pioneers in scoring as a freshman (12 ppg) and averaged 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 deflections per contest, receiving All-Central League honors. She’s off to a fine start this winter, tallying 14 points and 6 steals against Reading, scoring 20 points in three quarters vs. Lower Merion and scoring the winning basket with 1.5 seconds left in triple overtime against Haverford. Francione is a three-sport athlete at Conestoga (soccer, basketball and softball). Conestoga head coach AJ Thompson said, “Marisa is a very quiet person but she’s a fantastic teammate, super competitive and extremely coachable. She’s the type of player every coach wants to have on their team.”
Q: What aspect of your game do you feel you improved the most in the off-season?
A: I think my confidence and shooting has improved the most during the off-season. I have worked hard to increase my shooting range and sharpen my form. Another year older, with more experience, has helped me become more confident on the court.
Q: How do you see your leadership role on the court as a point guard?
A: The point guards are team leaders on the court, so I run the plays and set the pace for the game. I point out where to go if someone is in the wrong position and try to be a positive voice for our team.
Q: Who is your favorite basketball player, and why?
A: Paige Bueckers, because she has all the abilities that I strive to have.
Q: What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game? What part of your game are you working on the most at the present time?
A: The strongest part of my game is passing and setting my teammates up. I am always working on finishing around the rim and dribbling.
Q: Tell us a little about your start in competitive basketball.
A: I started playing basketball in the Malvern league in 2nd grade, and the Paoli Wildcats in 4th grade, and worked my way to travel ball and the Inter-County Basketball Association. Four years ago I transitioned to AAU, and have played for the Lady Runnin’ Rebels for the past four years.
Q: You wear uniform jersey No. 5 for Conestoga basketball – why did you pick that number?
A: Growing up, I have always worn No. 5. It’s my lucky number.
Q: What is your favorite academic course at Conestoga? What do you think you’d like to major in at college? Is there a career field that particularly interests you at the present time?
A: I like math and science classes at Conestoga. I think I want to major in business.
Fun facts – Marisa Francione
Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls.
Favorite movie: Spider-Man No Way Home.
Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant.
Favorite pre-game pump-up song: Industry Baby.
Favorite team: Philadelphia 76ers.
Favorite place to visit: Avalon, N.J.
Pre-game preparation: “I like to have a big meal the night before and hydrate. Also, I dribble and shoot before the actual team warmup.”
Favorite pre-game meal: Pasta.
Person I most admire, and why: “I admire my parents and grandparents because they’re my role models.”
Family members: parents Rinaldo and Kari, younger sister Ashley.
(To be selected as Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by her coach.)