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St. JOseph's Mallory Heinle is PG's girls' sports athlete of the week

Written by Craig Meyer and Brad Everett on .

Last week: Heinle battled through an ankle injury that caused her to miss four games by scoring 23 points to lead No. 12 St. Joseph to a 45-30 upset of No. 5 Avella in a WPIAL Class A first-round playoff game Saturday.

Check this out: Heinle, a junior guard/forward, is averaging 19.7 points per game. She accounts for more than half of her team's points, as St. Joseph's averages 37.1 a game. The Spartans (11-12) play No. 4 Quigley (17-5) in Saturday's quarterfinals. Heinle's brother, Brian, was a former 1,000-point scorer at St. Joseph and now plays at Pitt-Greensburg.

How do you score the majority of your points? I don't even know if I can pinpoint it. I like to have an inside-outside game, so it depends on what kind of defense the other team is playing. I score a lot on inside jumpers, but I do step out here and there and shoot 3-pointers.

Do you feel a lot of pressure to score? I guess I do, but I really don't think about it during the game. I just go as hard as can. I do put a lot on myself, but my team steps up a lot, too.

Best player you've played against this season? Probably either [North Catholic's] Lauren Wolosik or [Vincentian's] Brenna Wise. They're two different types of players, but both are almost impossible to guard.

If your team doesn't make it to the WPIAL finals, will go and watch any of the games? Yeah, definitely. Basketball is our life. If we're not playing, we usually find a game to go see.

Do you go to fish fries during Lent? Yes.

Who has the best? Well, I think my mom makes pretty good fish. We go to Blessed Sacrament [in Natrona Heights] and eat there. They're good, but I think my mom's is best.

Favorite celebrity to follow on Twitter? Josh Groban (singer/songwriter).