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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Sariah Bradley

The Tornadoes girls basketball player led the team to a 58-12 win over Lake Placid Tuesday.

Booker senior Sariah Bradley.
Booker senior Sariah Bradley.
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Sariah Bradley is a senior shooting guard on the Booker High girls basketball team. She had eight points and six rebounds Tuesday in the Tornadoes' 58-12 home win against Lake Placid High. On the season, Bradley averages 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds a game for the Tornadoes (13-5). 

When did you start playing basketball?

I started in seventh grade. I did cheer before then but I got tired of it, so I looked at basketball. I actually played for Coach Ty (Bryant, Booker coach) in AAU. It took a minute for me to warm up to it at first, but I gradually started to love the game. 

What is the appeal to you?

I like (facing) adversity with my team and being around them. I love everyone coming together and hooping. 

What is your best skill?

Oh, it's my shot. I have a good shot, especially inside the arc — when I use it. I need to use it more.

What have you been working to improve?

My court vision. I'm trying not to turn the ball over. I just want to gradually get better. 

What is your favorite memory?

My sophomore year, the whole team got together for a Christmas party. Just being together at that time of year and being able to talk and all that, I loved it. 

What are the goals for this year's Booker team?

We know we can get back (to the Final Four). When we do, we're going to prove everyone wrong, everyone on the outside that has been talking about us. We just have to execute on offense and play Booker basketball on defense. 

What is your favorite food?

Definitely chicken Alfredo. 

What is your favorite movie?

I like "The Karate Kid" a lot. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I want to read people's minds. 

What are your hobbies?

I honestly don't have any. Basketball is my life. It's all basketball. 

What is the best advice you have received?

My mom (Da'Sha Bradley) says people move out of the way for a reason. When they move, take the opportunity. 

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Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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