By Rob Potter
LIVINGSTON MANOR March 17, 2000 -- With only a handful of minutes
remaining in the Section IXClass D girls
basketball championship game, which was played on March 5
at Christl Arena at West Point, former Livingston Manor
coach Gary Green and a few other spectators began
shouting advice to the Lady Wildcats.
They urged the players to pass the ball to teammate
Seibles, a senior center who averaged 21.1 points a game
this season, was obviously a key offensive weapon for the
But the reason Manor supporters wanted to see the ball in
Seibles hands in the final moments was not in the
hopes of making a tying shot or even drawing Manor to
within only two or three baskets. (The Roscoe Lady Blue
Devils had a commanding lead of 20-plus points over the
Lady Wildcats en route to the title.)
Only a handful of Manor people knew that she was
close to the 1,000- point mark, Green explained.
Seibles swished a pair of foul shots with 6:48 remaining
in the game, which cut the Roscoe lead to 39-18
and pushed Seibles career point total to 999. Over
the next five minutes, her teammates frequently passed
the ball to Seibles.
After missing four free throws in the next four minutes,
Seibles again stepped to the foul line with 1:49 showing
on the clock. She calmly swished the first shot and the
game was stopped momentarily for teammates and coaches to
congratulate her for reaching the 1,000-point plateau.
Following the game, Green presented Seibles with a game
ball noting the occasion and she received more
congratulations from friends as well as Roscoe coaches,
players and supporters.
One more successful free throw with 9.9 seconds left in
her high school career gave Seibles a total of 1,001
Being a team leader and unselfish player, Seibles said
right after the game that she would have opted for the
Lady Wildcats to win the sectional title even if that
meant she would not reach the scoring milestone.
Two weeks later, the sting of that defeat has decreased
and she is happy that she scored that 1000th and
When we saw that (Jeffersonville-Youngsville senior
forward) Beth Fanning was close to 1,000 points, we
figured I was close to it too, said Seibles,
referring to herself, Green and current Lady Wildcat
coach Gail Whaley. Going into the Roscoe game, I
knew I needed nine points. I just wanted to play my best
and help our team win and if I didnt get it, then
there wasnt much I could do.
While Seibles said she always hoped she could reach that
point plateau, it was not her only focus.
As a sophomore, Seibles came off the bench for the
1997-98 Western Sullivan League (WSL) and Section IX
champion Lady Wildcats. She netted 249 points on the
year. In the title game against S.S. Seward, Seibles
converted a free throw with 2.2 seconds left to clinch
the 49-48 win.
In the 1998-99 campaign, Seibles split time with Leyna
Madison at center for Manor, which repeated as WSL and
Section IX champs. Alternating starts with Madison,
Seibles racked up 287 points.
Shes very deserving of this, noted
Green. When she first came up to the varsity level,
she had to work on some basic moves as an inside post
player. She worked at this very diligently. Of all the
girls Ive coached over the years, she was
definitely one of the hardest workers on a daily basis in
That hard work paid off and Seibles really stepped up her
game this season. As one of only three seniors on the
Manor team, she led by example and averaged 13.9 rebounds
a game to complement the aforementioned 21.1 points a
She developed into one of the dominating centers in
the league this year, Green said. She
improved her ball handling and came up with a nice little
Shes a hard-working kid and a real team
leader, added Whaley. We reached the
sectional final and Im not sure we would have
gotten there without Dorthel. She was a very influential
player and brought a lot to the squad, both as a player
and a person.
Whaley also noted that Seibles should continue to be
a good player at the next level.
Seibles will graduate in June and has been looking at
Division III schools where she can continue playing
basketball. Academically, she plans to major in secondary
education and hopes to be a teacher someday.
Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa., SUNY
Brockport and SUNY New Paltz are among the schools
Seibles is considering.
While excited about what the future holds, Seibles really
appreciates her teammates and coaches at Manor.
Mr. Green has been my coach since seventh grade and
has taught me a lot, she said. He really
worked with me and helped me improve my game. Ms. Whaley
is a great coach and she is very understanding. I just
want to thank them and my teammates for working with me
over the years.