Scranton basketball junior had 12 points in a loss to Scranton Prep; 16 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Valley View; and a career-best 31 points with 15 rebounds in a win over Western Wayne.
Family: Mother, Melanie Depietro; father, Jeff Mulderig; stepfather, Scott Depietro; brothers, Nicky Mulderig. Max and Scotty Depietro; stepsister Ariel Depietro, and stepbrother Dimitri Depietro. Talk about the career-best 31 against Western Wayne. It was exciting. I just feel like when I score a lot, it’s not really a lot, if that makes sense. I don’t really think about it. I just play my game, go out there and do the best I can.
So, you didn’t have any inkling that you were closing in on a career-best game? I definitely knew I was scoring a lot because Sophia (Glogowski) and I were running this play on the one side that coach (P.J.) Hughes was calling a lot. What’s the biggest improvement in your game this season?
Definitely my confidence. I was always scared of getting yelled at. I don’t know why, but it happens. And I knew I had to step up this year because we lost Ciaira (Loyd), Shelby (Funchess), and it was not all on me, but I was a big part of the scoring this year.
The team has won three of its last four. How has that given you guys a boost of confidence going toward districts? Our team is not young but we have three starters that haven’t really been introduced to varsity until this year. So we weren’t really clicking, but the past few games I feel like we’ve been really coming together and playing a lot better. Even with Prep (a 47-33 loss), the first time we played them, I think we got beat by 40. The last time we were up at a point so that was exciting, although we lost.