By Rob Potter
March 27, 2001:
20-4 overall, 10-2 OCIAA Division IV, league co-champs; Section IX Class D champs
Guard Christine Lizzi
Guard Erin Donnelly
Center Stacie Blaut
Forward Jessica Timan
Forward Loretta Wolff
Capturing the Section IX Class D title with a win over Roscoe. Its hard to imagine that we made the right decisions in sectionals, Coach Frank Kean said. Against DV, we played a specific defense against (Calley) Sander to keep her out of her game. Then we played zone defense against J-Y and versus Roscoe came out in a zone in the first half and switched to a press in the second half. They turned out to be the right decisions. We went from a 10-10 team a year ago to 20 and 4 this season. It was a fantastic roll.
The lowlight was losing to Jeff (Sullivan West/Jeff-Youngsville) here at home in front of a huge crowd, Kean said. We beat them earlier in the (regular) season at Jeff, but we lost at home. That was the biggest disappointment.
Christine Lizzi led the team with 15.5 points per game. She also averaged a triple-double, grabbing a team-best 11 rebounds per contest and dishing out 10 assists per game. Stacie Blaut was the second-leading scorer, averaging nine points per game.
As noted above, it was Lizzi. Blaut, however, pulled down nine boards a game.
Kean praised Donnelly for making the most dramatic shots.
When we were down, she always seemed to hit a two or a three-point shot that put us in the lead or tied it for us, Kean said.
He also praised Timan for being the teams best box-out person and having a tough inside game. Kean also pointed out that Wolff led the team in three-point shooting, connecting on 10 of the long-range shots this season.
MVP/Most Improved Player:
Both awards will be presented at the Eldred Sports Banquet in May.