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Morris Sussex Sports covers 40 schools’ sports teams that consists of about 14,000 athletes in Morris, Sussex and parts of Warren counties. Out of those 14,000 athletes, Morris Sussex Sports and Parisi Speed School honors just one athlete who does something special each week with the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week.  Go to Parisi Speed School to raise your game and become faster, bigger and stronger.  Mention “Morris Sussex Sports” and receive a FREE Speed Pass to one of their world class training sessions.  

During the Week of January 7th, there were a ton of great individual athletic performance from around Morris-Sussex. But the athlete we felt deserved the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week the most was Morristown-Beard senior guard Bridget Monaghan. During that that week the Crimson went 3-0, beating Kinnelon 71-28, Villa Walsh 63-36 and High Point 55-40. Monaghan was stellar in all three games combining for 53 points, 5 3-pointers, 15 rebounds, 11 assists and 12 steals.

We caught up with Monaghan to discuss what it’s been like to be a four year starter, what her team does before games to get hyped and who the biggest diva of the team is.

Morris Sussex Sports: What were your goals for yourself and for your team coming into this season?
Bridget Monaghan: Our team goals for this season are winning our conference, winning the prep tournament, and making it to the final four of the county tournament at Morris County College. Another goal of ours is to have the most wins in MBS school history. Some of my personal goals this year was to improve every aspect of my game and to be a leader for the younger girls on the team.

MSS: Did you think your team would come out to such a great start?
BM: After preseason and our scrimmages I could tell that we had the ability to be very good. We almost have the entire team back from last year plus a few new pieces and everyone has gotten better. It feels great to see how we have improved since the beginning of the season, but it is even more exciting to think about how we will be playing further along in the season.

MSS: What’s changed for you over the four years you’ve been a starter?
BM: I think over the course of four years I have definitely gotten a lot stronger and quicker. I matured and began to handle the mental aspect of the game easier. I have always had great coaches who did a great job of teaching me how to understand the game. Another big difference from my freshman year would be my leadership. With maturity and confidence I find it a lot easier to communicate with my teammates and help direct them on the court.

MSS: What would surprise people to know about your team?
BM: People would be surprised to know that our team has dance battles before games to pump us up. Everyone gets really into it and goes hard, which gets our energy up for games.

MSS: What’s the funniest thing coach Mike Sturgeon ever said?
BM: Sturge is always making very funny comments, however I think one really funny thing he did was when we were on the bus heading to a game and Sturge was following us in his car. We were stopped at a red light so I pretented to real him in and as I did this he kept inching his car closer to the bus like I caught a fish.

MSS: What makes him the angriest?
BM: Coach Sturgeon gets the angriest when he is talking and people don’t make eye contact with him. He wants all eyes on him when he is explaining something or else he will lose it.

MSS: Who on your team loosens the team up with humor?
BM: I would say Gianna Rella loosens the team up with her humor. Her dancing, random sayings, and high energy always has people laughing. Gianna will always hype people up in practice and lift everyone’s spirits.

MSS: Who is the most intense player?
BM: The most intense player on the team is Addisyn Ibrahim. She really gets into her zone and never looses focus when playing. She also takes practices really seriously and plays hard all the time.

MSS: Who is the biggest diva?
BM: Coach is definitely the biggest diva on the team. He breaks clipboards, yells until he turns purple and almost passes out. He gets very heated at times but we always joke about it later.

MSS: Who is your role model?
BM: My brother is my role model because he inspires me to try my best in everything that I do on and off the court. He has set an amazing example and pushes me to work my hardest.

MSS: What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
BM: Although I’m not certain what career I would like to have, I see myself working in the business field and coaching on the side.

MSS: What can we expect from the Crimson the rest of the way?
BM: You can expect the Crimson Girls basketball team to give it all they got for the rest of the season. We have unfinished business and take it one game at a time. We won’t take any plays off and will fight our hardest to meet our goals.

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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