Healthy Fox Chapel girls basketball team motivated to compete
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Last season is mostly forgettable for the Fox Chapel girls basketball team, but its lingering effects still can serve a purpose.
“Starting off at this point last year, we had an unhealthy team,” coach Meghan Meabon said. “Parts of it, I think you forget about, but you do use it as motivation for the girls who are returning.”
Four knee surgeries and three concussions stymied the Foxes, who finished 3-19 overall and 2-10 in Section 2-AAAA.
“In my years, I've never seen that,” Meabon said.
Included in those knee injuries was Fox Chapel's lone senior, leading scorer Tatiana Sunseri, who missed significant time.
Another player with knee ailments was Duke-bound forward Erin Mathias.
The 6-foot-3 junior missed all of last season following a procedure on her right knee.
“If you look two years ago she averaged a double-double. She really had a lot of pressure on her,” Meabon said. “She's definitely stepped up on and off the court for us.”
Mathias averaged 10 points and 11 rebounds her freshman year.
Meabon noted Mathias' development as a player in such a short time in her high school career.
Her role has expanded to include her play away from the ball, especially with the talent that will be surrounding her.
“We have a team, this year, who can contribute offensively and defensively for us,” Meabon said. “We do have some nice young guards who are able to distribute and see the floor.”
Joining Mathias in the starting lineup will be a pair of seniors: guard Rachel Ranii and forward Alexa Yaksich.
Meabon expects a lot from the trio.
“With the combination of those three, we have the strongest leadership thus far,” Meabon said.
The Foxes lost only one senior in Sunseri.
“I don't even know that we're that much older,” Meabon said. “I have three freshmen who are going to see the court heavily this year.”
Guards Kayla Slovenec and Taylor Cohen and forward Anna Kelly will all see time in the lineup.
“There's excitement in the air. We had a phenomenal offseason. The girls have worked super hard in every aspect,” Meabon said. “We're not expecting to blow every team out that we play, but we should surprise some teams out there.”
Dave Yohe is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Former South Park coach Loughran optimistic about Fox Chapel’s prospects
- Players benefit from A-K Valley 7-on-7, Big Man Challenge
- Kiski Area to host Alle-Kiski Valley 7-on-7 Passing Competition and Big Man Challenge
- Rawlins is back on gridiron, this time as coach at Monessen
- Brentwood track coach returning to Mt. Lebanon sideline
- Armstrong football captures 7-on-7 title at Alle-Kiski Valley competition
- Area coaches prefer staying put for camp