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John Carroll's senior forward Miranda Ripken finished off a stellar career by leading her team to the IAAM B conference championship shortly after going over 1,000 points for her career. We had a chance to talk to "Ran" about a few topics in a recent one on one a the 695Hoops Senior Shoot Out.
695: How did you get started playing ball?
Miranda: I started playing basketball when I was six or seven years old. I played for the Fallston Rec. League and my dad and a friend's dad were the coaches. At the time, I was playing basketball just like every other kid on a rec league.
695: What other sports have you played?
Miranda: The other sports I have played are soccer, baseball, and lacrosse.
695: Which AAU teams have you plaeyd for?
Miranda: The AAU team I have always been on was Maryland Elite. It used to be coached by Kathy Shannon (a previous JC women's coach), but then was taken over by Mike West.
695: Since your dad and uncle were professional athletes was it expected that you would play sports?
Miranda: I don't think it was "expected" that I played sports, but for a while I wanted to play baseball because my dad did. In elementary school I had a dream of being the first woman major league baseball player. But that dream didn't last very long because I only played rec. baseball for four years.
695: What's the best memory you have from growing up around pro baseball?
Miranda: My favorite memory growing up around pro baseball is going to Cooperstown for my uncle's Hall of Fame induction. The coolest part was meeting people that my dad used to play with, and I recognized a lot of the names, too.
695: What else do you do for fun besides play ball?
Miranda: When I'm not playing ball (or doing homework for that matter) I'm either haning out with my friends or playing guitar in my room. Sometimes, I'll also play xbox with my brother in the basement.
695: What's your all time favorite movie?
695: What do you want to add to your game for college?
Miranda: I want to be able to work on my ball handling skills, particularly with my right hand for the next level of basketball.
695: Tell me about a funny basketball road trip...
Miranda: With my AAU team, we traveled to Penn State to play in a college showcase tournament there. Each night in the hotel, we would play card games, such as Camps, Taboo, and Screw Your Neighbor. At one point, we were getting too loud in the lobby and the lady working the front desk yelled at us. We were really competitive.
695: Who is the funniest teammate you've had so far?
Miranda: Oh geez... If I had to pick the funniest teammate, I'd probably pick Mackenzie. Each day, she will do something random and unexpected, such as slicing people's thoarts with her hand shouting "Dead!" Her forced laugh is hysterical, and I'll never forget the day before practice last year when we were waiting for the boy's team to get off the court - she was running around in the little hallway connecting the locker room and the gym chanting "My basketball court! My basketball court!" Her spontenaity is what keeps her team mates guessing.
695: What do you plan on majoring in?
Miranda: I play to major in engineering. I'm not sure what specific kind yet, but I was thinking chemical engineering since chemistry was my favorite subject last year.
695: What's the last good concert you went to?
Miranda: The last good concert I went to was at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Train was the headliner, with Maroon 5 and Gavin DeGraw opening. All of the artists were awesome and it was probably my all-time favorite concert.
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