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LIBERTY’S KATE SARNO (5) watches as teammate Jackie Katzenberger tries to gain control of the baskeball in a game versus Tri-Valley this past season. Also watching Katzenberger is T-V’s Shauna Murry (52).

Liberty's Inexperience
Cost Them This Season

By Justin Gottschalk
LIBERTY — April 1, 2005 – Overall Record: 2-18
Division Record: 1-7 OCIAA Division IV
Top Players: The Lady Indians’ top scorers were seniors Jackie Katzenberger, who averaged 10 points per game, and Keely Hamlin, who averaged nine points a contest.
Hamlin led the team in rebounding this season. She grabbed an average of eight rebounds per game.
Season Highlight: “The pinnacle of the season was probably when we played Fallsburg in the final game of the year, which happened to be our senior recognition day,” Coach Tom LaGattuta said. “And even though we lost by four points, both teams had nothing to gain, because neither one of them was going anywhere. Both teams left it on the floor, and that’s really what high school basketball is about: nothing to lose, nothing to gain, just going out there and having at it for 32 minutes.
“It was a very hard-fought, seesaw battle by two fairly evenly-matched teams, a bit of a rivalry,” LaGattuta added. “That was very entertaining and probably the most fun I had all year.”
Other: “Jackie Katzenberger and Amber Miller averaged 30 minutes a game, and Keely Hamlin probably averaged 27 or 28 minutes a game,” LaGattuta said.
But the Lady Indians’ inexperience hurt them.
“Our downfall was girls that hadn’t played every year that they could [have],” LaGattuta said. “Even though we had six seniors, I would say that we were a very inexperienced team.”
Those six seniors who will graduate in June are Marla Egan, Hamlin, Michelle Katz, Katzenberger, Amber Miller and Saritza Vazquez.

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