Rosary basketball player Clara Linhoff featured in OC Register

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH ... Rosary basketball player Clara Linhoff


Clara Linhoff is just one of the many sharpshooters on the Rosary basketball team. The Royals (14-10) rank third in Orange County by having made 160 three-pointers so far this season. Only Mater Dei and Woodbridge can boast more makes from downtown.
Linhoff leads the team with 63 three-pointers, good for third-best in the county. The junior guard has converted at least one 3-pointer in every game this season. Her breakout game came in November in a 51-37 loss to Canyon. Linhoff drained seven 3-pointers to finish with a season-high 28 points.
Linhoff hasn't quite cooled off. The junior is in the midst of her best shooting streak of the season – five consecutive games with at least three makes from beyond the arc.
Q. You're third in Orange County in 3-pointers made. Has that always been your shot?
A. Yeah, I've always had a shooting coach. Since the sixth grade I worked with a coach, mostly working my form, my follow-through and the different ways of getting open on the floor.
Q. The team also ranks third in 3-pointers. How would you describe the squad's offensive philosophy?
A. Our offense runs a lot of motion, and we try to drive and kick to get open shots. It's hard sometimes, because we're not very tall. So when our shots aren't falling, we try to get it to Rachel (Pau'u) in the post.
Q. The team's last league game is against Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in the country. How would you describe playing in the Trinity League?
A. I think it helps us get better. Playing better teams makes us ... want it more. I don't think we're very intimidated by (Mater Dei). We just work very hard and focus on our game plans. We always stick to the game plan.
Q. What is your best basketball memory to date?
A. Off the court, it's all the team bonding at the places we travel to together. We've gone to Arizona and Palm Springs, and when we go we just have a lot of fun. On the court, it's whenever we have a good game. When we're hitting our shots, it feels real good.
Q. Is there a player you try to pattern your game after?
A. I grew up watching a lot of basketball, but I've always really liked Russell Westbrook. I like his jump shot mostly, and just the way he plays.
Photo courtesy of Kelli Cervino
Source: Kenny Connolly, the Orange County Register