Fall Fastbreak – Villa Maria

   November 30, 2012 1:00 pm    0

 

Villa Maria Victors
Girls
Coach (season, record): Doug Chuzie (2nd full season, 32-5)
2011-12 overall record: 24-5
2011-12 region record (place): 14-0 (champion)
2011-12 playoff results: Defeated Wilmington 77-12, Seneca 56-24 and Girard 57-26 to win the District 10 Class AA championship. Villa then defeated Avonworth 55-28 in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs and Bishop Canevin 47-30 in the second round. Villa beat Forest Hills 57-45 in the quarterfinals before losing to Seton-La Salle 56-50 in the semifinals.
Top players lost: Lisa Mifsud, Adrienne Kloecker, Abbey Steudler, Zhane Brooks, Rebecca Sweny, Cierra Pollock
Top returning players: Karlee McBride, Leah Bennett
Assistant coach: Tom Laird
Outlook: Villa Maria will face new challenge this season. Not only were the Victors hit hard by graduation, they moved back up to Class AAA for the new PIAA two-year cycle. Villa lost four of its five starters to graduation, including District 10 Player of the Year Lisa Mifsud. Mifsud was named to the all-state first team and is now competing for Holy Cross. Adrienne Kloecker graduated and is playing for Mercyhurst University along with Abbey Steudler (St. Leo) and Zhane Brooks (IUP). The Victors also lost four-year varsity players Rebecca Sweny and Cierra Pollock. Villa will have a tough time replacing its seniors but the Victors will have Indiana recruit Karlee McBride to lean on. She is an all-district selection and all-state selection. McBride is a three-star recruit according to ESPN and has emerged as a terrific all-around player during her career at Villa. Senior Leah Bennett and junior Lindsey Mifsud are also back and could be counted on as leaders. Bennett is a 5-11 senior and is being recruited by several Division II schools in Florida, while Lindsey Mifsud is a 5-7 junior guard that started seeing playing time last year. She is receiving collegiate interest but is only a junior and has plenty of time for recruiting. Despite the experience of those three, Villa will still need to rely on younger players to play meaningful minutes. Juniors Amesha Harden-Pullium and Shanice Morris will be in the mix along with sophomore Morgan Putnam. Harden-Pullium an Morris are daughters of coaches and understand the game, while Putnam was one of the top players on the junior varsity last year. Sarah Agnello, Katlyn Unger, Deja Young, Nicole Maxson, Allison Thompson, Jess Damico, Sara Gromacki, Anna Sweny, Jackie Kitts and Marlena Harris could compete for playing time as well. The Victors have loaded their schedule, once again, including a national tournament and a rematch with Seton-La Salle. The biggest story in D-10 might be the rekindling of the Villa-Mercyhurst rivalry. Not only are the two teams playing twice in region play, they may meet for the D-10 championship. The Victors will be young but their program is strong enough to reload instead of rebuild.

Schedule
December
10 at Strong Vincent 7
13 at Meadville 7:30
15 at Seton-La Salle 2:30
20-22 KSA tournament
January
5 East 7:30
8 Corry* 7
10 Mercyhurst Prep* 8:30
12 at McDowell 7:30
16 at Harbor Creek* 7:30
21 at Warren* 7:30
25 at Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
26 Bishop Canevin 1:30
28 at Corry* 7:30
31 Harbor Creek* 7
February
2 Perry 6
5 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
9 at Altoona 2:30
12 Warren* 7:30
13 Fort LeBoeuf* 7:30
16 Central Tech 7:30
*Region 6 games

Saturday: Warren, West Middlesex

–Tom Reisenweber

 

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