Masloski reaches milestone

STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville Big Red’s Emiley Masloski topped 1,000 career points during her team’s 75-49 win over East Liverpool on Wednesday.

For Masloski the evening, which could easily have been all about her accomplishments, was one of celebration of her teammates, the people who helped get her back on the court from injury, and of her team’s 15th straight win to start the season.

“It means a lot to me because it was a personal goal of mine, but, more importantly, I was just so excited to be back on the court with my teammates. I missed 10 games because of my knee,” said she said. “I’ve had their support all season. I want to thank UPMC up in Southside for helping me get back to where I am.

“This was big, but especially this was a big win for us.”

Emiley Masloski’s focus on the team, rather than her individual accomplishments, was not surprise to anyone that knows the supremely talented and humble young woman.

“First of all while she’s a great player she’s an even better teammate,” said Big Red head coach Phil Casinelli. “The times she’s been out with injury over the past couple years she’s actually coaches more than the coaches do sometimes from the bench. She wants the best for her teammates. She’s a very unselfish basketball player and person. She’s supported her teammates when she couldn’t play, and she’s supported them on and off the court when she could.

“When we watched films when she was hurt sometimes the loudest person was Emiley, and she was always positive. It’s so great to see someone who’s worked so hard, and has been through so much adversity, get something like this. Then again I know her, and she’s not about that individual stuff. She’s about the team.”

The 1,000th point was a family affair for Emiley Masloski as well as her family cheered from the stands, her father Mark Masloski is an assistant with the team, and younger sister Hannah Masloski dished the assist on the basket that gave her the milestone.

“Hannah was itching at the bit to get in the game,” said Mark Masloski. “They have a neat relationship as older sister, younger sister. It was pretty special, more so for our family who was sitting in the stands. For my other daughter Brianne and my wife it was a special, special moment.

“This is something years down the road they can tell their kids and we can tell our grandkids.”

Added Hannah Masloski of the moment she gave the assist, “It was really special. I always pictured it, but I never thought it would really happen. I was happy I got to give her the assist. My whole family came, and they were really excited. It was really special.”

Continued Emiley Masloski, “It meant a lot. We talked about it when we were younger, and it’s just special to both of us.”

Mark Masloski is proud of his daughter’s accomplishment, but, much like Casinelli, recognizes the individual moment is secondary to his daughter in comparison to what she hopes to accomplish with her undefeated, state-ranked team.

“Emiley’s been basketball and me since she was born,” he said. “When I was boys coach she followed me around everywhere, so just to be part of this with a special group of girls on our team meant a lot. She is so team oriented, and she loves her teammates. I know she sees this as a little step to bigger things she wants to accomplish.

“It was a special night. She just loves being on the court and that shows when she plays.”

In the end, Emiley Masloski took one more opportunity to divert the accolades from herself to her teammate.

“I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates for pushing me and supporting me no matter what,” she said. “When I’m doing physical therapy they’re pushing me to be my best. What really helped me get here was all the support from them.”