This was perhaps the easiest Athlete of the Week selection since I've been here.
You can read about Carmichaels senior Morgan Berardi in Thursday's Observer-Reporter, after Berardi notched her 1,000th-career point during last Friday's 48-35 home win over Charleroi.
Berardi is the sixth Carmichaels girls basketball player to reach 1,000, joining a group that includes: Donna Pascuzzo (1980), Angie Tekavic (1982), Abby McMinn (2001), Megan Stuvek (2007) and Jordan Duke (2009).
But while I wrote mostly about Berardi's scoring ability, she's quite the passer, too. With 439 career assists, Berardi needs just 10 more to break the program record -- piece of cake, considering she's averaging seven of 'em per game.
I asked Berardi to describe herself as a player, and it's not hard to tell who the Mikes trust with the basketball in key situations.
"Everyone freaks out if I don't have the ball," Berardi said. "Caroline (Cree) can handle the ball pretty well, too, but other girls, if they get ball, they're always like, 'Where's Morgan at?' I guess I'm the ball-handler. I try to feed the ball inside to Amanda Brown, who's really good inside. I like passing the ball."
According to Mikes coach Jim Lane, Berardi could also reach as high as No. 2 on the all-time scoring list if she keeps up her current pace of 20.1 points per game.
There was another interesting quote from Berardi that I couldn't quite fit in there. I asked her what her emotions were like after getting her 1,000th point -- exciting, yes, but Berardi was trying to focus on the game ... seriously.
"It was definitely really exciting," Berardi said. "I was trying not to think about it a lot; I was just trying to play the game. But it was exciting when I got it. I think my teammates were more excited than I was."