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LIBERTY TEAMMATES JESSICA Klein, left, and Christine Waryha, right, battle for a rebound with Tri-Valley’s Lacey Moore.

Liberty Has
Top Season

By Rob Potter
March 14, 2003 – Liberty Girls’ Basketball

Overall Record: 18-4

League Record: 6-2 OCIAA Division IV

Top Performers: Senior guard Andrea TerBush paced the Lady Indian offense by averaging 12.5 points per game.
Fellow senior Christine Waryha was the team’s second leading scorer. She averaged 10.9 points per game.
Senior forward Jamie Hopkins led the team in rebounding, averaging nine rebounds a game.
Coach Tom LaGattuta noted that TerBush and Chelsea LaGattuta were the Lady Indians’ best defensive players.
He added that Kate DeMayo deserved a sixth man award for her performance this season.
“She provided a real spark coming off the bench,” Tom LaGattuta said.

Season Highlight(s): “Competing the way we did,” LaGattuta said. “We’re a Class C school, but we played so many larger schools it was almost like a Class B schedule.
“We beat Monticello and they’re an ‘A’ school. We also gave Tuxedo a run for their money when we played them.”

Season Lowlight(s): “Losing to Cornwall in the sectional semifinals,” LaGattuta said. “We really would have liked to have had another shot at Tuxedo.”

Other: “It was fun coaching this team,” LaGattuta said. “They are a great bunch of girls and they gave 110 percent all the time. From the first girl on the roster to the 12th girl, they gave everything they had in every game.”
LaGattuta noted that TerBush and Waryha have been named to the Section IX second team by the section’s girls basketball coaches. And LaGattuta was chosen as the coach of the year by his peers.

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