Mia Perez is only a freshman, but has been a starter on Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ basketball team since the start of the season.
Perez, the starting two guard, is averaging seven points per game, along with two rebounds and one steal. In the team’s 50-45 upset win over Christian Brothers last Thursday, Perez, not one to shy from the spotlight, led the team in scoring with 15 points.
“Mia’s been ready since day one,” Vista Coach Marty Benjamin said. “She’s been a huge help to the team. Her maturity level and self confidence is not that of a normal freshman. I know what I’m going to get from her every game, because she’s very consistent. She gives everything she has and is very coachable. Mia handles pressure well and is a good mid-range shooter. She strong, gritty, hard-nosed and physical and has a high basketball IQ. Even though she has a scholarship offer in softball, she doesn’t look at basketball as a secondary sport. She takes it seriously and works hard on her craft. She’s also a great teammate.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?
Mia Perez: I will be attending and playing Division I softball at Cal Poly, as well as earning a degree.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
MP: Yes, my dad and my brother both played baseball, basketball, and football.
FT: How long have you been playing basketball and how did you get your start in it?
MP: I have been playing basketball since I was in first grade and I got my start when my dad signed me up for FYBA.
FT: You also play softball and already have a scholarship offer. Tell us about it.
MP: I am fortunate to play on a very competitive travel team where we get to play in front of college coaches all the time. This past fall, I received a few scholarship offers and in December I accepted an offer from Cal Poly.
FT: How has your basketball season gone for you personally so far? Are you pleased with how you’ve done?
MP: So far, this season has been great. I am loving getting to play the fast, competitive game that is varsity basketball. I think I have been playing well; I just need to be more aggressive without second guessing myself.
FT: As the regular season is coming close to the end, what are one or two things that your team needs to focus on and/or improve on to have success in the postseason?
MP: We just need to play smart and make every possession count.
FT: Are you involved in other activities at Vista del Lago?
MP: Between sports and academics, my schedule is pretty packed, so I am not involved in any other activities at Vista.
FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?
MP: My favorite class is biology because I have never had a class where I really get to look into how life works and learn why different phenomenon are the way they are.
FT: What’s your favorite music?
MP: My favorite types of music are hip hop and country.
FT: What’s your favorite food?
MP: My favorite food would have to be pasta.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
MP: I have two dogs named Gigi and Coco. Gigi is a Jack Russell terrier and Coco is a Shih Tzu. I also have a cat named Sophie.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
MP: I am inspired by the competition in sports. I always work my hardest to be the best that I can be and to help my team be the best that we can be.
FT: What makes you happiest?
MP: I am the happiest when I achieve goals or see results due to my hard work and dedication.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
MP: I want to use my degree to go into a profession that I am very passionate about. Right now, I am very interested in careers involving kinesiology.