Stamford senior Kelsey Cognetta has been named MSG Varsity's female FCIAC Athlete of the Week for Feb. 13-19 by a panel of athletic directors and MSG Varsity reporters. Cognetta had a big week for the Black Knights, who qualified for the FCIAC tournament on the final day of the regular season and then upset St. Joseph in the league quarterfinals. In what was essentially a play-in game against Warde last Wednesday, Cognetta scored 20 points as Stamford won, 49-39, on the Mustangs’ home court. She also scored seven consecutive points to turn a 31-29 lead into a 38-29 advantage in the fourth quarter. In last Saturday’s quarterfinals, No. 7 Stamford knocked off No. 2 St. Joe’s, 44-25. Cognetta ran the show from the point and netted 18 points in the win.
What's your biggest athletic goal for 2012?
Cognetta: "Probably the making the FCIAC tournament. No one thought we'd get here, so it was nice proving people wrong."
Who is your favorite teammate and why?
Cognetta: "I love all of them equally. Everyone brings something differt to the table, and we're all really close."
What's the best piece of advice you've received?
Cognetta: "We have a new coach (Dianne Burns) who told me to play so hard that you'll wake up with bruises you don't remember getting. She said your ribs should be sore the next day. My father (Frank) also encouraged me to play fearless. It takes me back to playing when I was a kid."
Which athlete is your biggest influence?
Cognetta: "Jeremy Lin. I became a Knicks fan because of him. He's really modest and classy."
What's your proudest accomplishment away from the game?
Cognetta: "Coming off a knee injury (torn ACL and meniscus) I had a six-month rehab and then another two months so it was basically a whole year. Just being able to trust my body again on the court was a big deal after that."