Marotta keeps the family business 'on board'

Homestead star earns second Now All-Sub nod

Homestead’s Chloe Marotta heads up court in a recent game. The sophomore forward just earned her second Now All-Suburban basketball selection in leading the Highlanders to a 17-7 record this winter.

Homestead’s Chloe Marotta heads up court in a recent game. The sophomore forward just earned her second Now All-Suburban basketball selection in leading the Highlanders to a 17-7 record this winter. Photo By C.T. Kruger

March 30, 2016

Two-time Now All-Suburban basketball forward Chloe Marotta of Homestead can be said to be fully engaged in the family business.

The strong, athletic and quick sophomore is the daughter of late Marquette University star Marc Marotta, who was a fixture at her games before he sadly and suddenly passed away last spring. She is also the sister of former Homestead hoops players Karley and Cameron.

Cameron is currently a popular walk-on player at Marquette himself. He famously brought a passel of his teammates, including future NBA star Henry Ellenson, to one of Chloe's games.

Hoops is simply in her blood. She couldn't imagine herself doing anything else.

"I was about 4 or 5 years old when I started," she said. "I would try shooting against them (Cameron and Karley)."

Dad, being the grand hoops aficionado that he was, built a mini home court in the basement for the kids.

"He'd be down there every night (with me) all the time," she said. "We'd put up shots, and he'd teach me all the basics of basketball, how to post up, how to rebound."

Chloe said she'd be lying if she didn't say she thought about him everyday. Mom Kim and the family, which also includes 13-year-old McKenna, are doing "OK," she said.

"A lot of people have our backs," she added, "and I'm glad I'm close to Corey (Homestead coach Wolf)."

Dad would be pleased at that thought, and he would be immensely proud of all his children. Being the old tenacious master of the boards that he was, he would no doubt puff up with pride when Wolf says, "Chloe is the best high school rebounder" that she has ever seen.

"As a post, it's just what I focus on," Chloe said.

And then some. The 6-0, tall, two-time first-team All-North Shore Conference selection averaged 13.8 ppg. on 45 percent shooting from the field and could get to the line at will, hitting 92 of 146 free throws (63 percent).

She averaged 10 rebounds a game with 52 assists and 43 steals; was an absolute beast on the offensive glass with great body control; and absolutely destroyed NSC champ Germantown on the offensive boards in a February win that was the Highlanders' best victory of the year.

"We just could not stop her that night," said Germantown coach Matt Stuve.

"It's my favorite thing to do in basketball." she said of rebounding. "Go straight to it, and try to grab as many rebounds as possible."

That game was indicative of the rise that Chloe and the senior-dominated Highlanders made this year, finishing with their best record in many years at 17-7 and overcoming a slow start to be a major force in the North Shore race for the first time in awhile too.

Every opponent knew which way the Highlanders were going to go on offense, and Chloe said she had to adapt.

"It was a good year, but I got double-teamed a lot," she said, "but I learned to find my teammates and try to set them up (for baskets). I knew where to look and how to work off the ball more."

That did not go unnoticed by Wolf.

"She really learned how to become a better teammate this season," Wolf said. "She learned how to rely on her teammates instead of trying to do it all herself."

As noted, Chloe has had to mature fast, and so with the large numbers of seniors departing from the Highlanders this year, she will have to be leader next winter. Right now, she's honing her skills practicing with the Wisconsin Flight Elite AAU team.

Tournaments will start shortly, and she will likely get more notice from more colleges. Already she has offers from Bradley and, of course, Marquette. She wants to work on her shot and became better on the attack to the basket. Other things drive her, too.

"I just want to make everyone better," she said.

Spoken like someone well-versed in the family business.

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