Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Chartiers Valley's Spencer Casson, South Park's Shelby Lindsay
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School: Chartiers Valley
Claim to fame: Casson recorded a triple-double with 10 points, 17 rebounds and 13 blocked shots to lift the Colts past Montour, 75-62, in a Section 5-AAA game Friday. The 6-foot-6 Casson also blocked 12 shots and posted a triple-double in Char-Valley's 61-43 win over Eaglecrest (Colo.) in the KSA Classic Tournament on Dec. 14.
“He means so much defensively because he's such a great shot blocker and rebounder,” coach Tim McConnell said. “He's starting to get more aggressive offensively. It's starting to really help us out, especially with (point guard) Jerrad (Tuite) getting injured.”
What is your secret to blocking so many shots?
It's just about getting my timing down and looking for when they're getting ready to go up and shoot, and I just get my hand up.
How are you working to improve your offensive role?
When I'm in the post, I'm just trying to post up as hard as possible. When I get the ball, I try not to throw the ball out to the shooters as much. ... I try to be more of an offensive threat.
Have you decided where you'll be attending college?
No, I have not. There's a school in Kentucky called Berea. They offered me a full ride. They want me to come in as a big man.
What kind of things do you need to work on?
One is my endurance and my body and being more of a scoring threat. I'm just going to keep practicing as hard as I can and work hard. Whenever I get the ball, I'm just going to keep working on the moves I've been working on.
School: South Park
Claim to fame: Lindsay scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter to help the Eagles rout Moon, 71-34, in a Section 5-AAA game Jan. 3. She scored 15 points as the Eagles improved to 3-0 in the section with a 71-35 win over Quaker Valley on Dec. 20. Lindsay helped South Park win two of its three games in the KSA Holiday Tournament at Orlando, Fla.
Can you talk about your improved play this season?
I think for me, it's always been more mental than physical. I just had to get in the right mind frame of attacking and never hesitating. (Coach Reggie Wells) always says to just go out and play and stop thinking. I really think that's starting to happen now.
Have you decided where you'll go to college?
No, I haven't. That's a big question for me right now. I'm hearing back from West Point in March. So that's going to play a big part in the decision. As far as basketball-wise I have to make some decisions.
Is there a particular reason why you are considering a military future?
It's just kind of a personal desire. I went up there for a visit and I really like the structure of everything. In the big picture, everything the military does is very special to me.
How good can South Park be this season?
We can be however good we want to be. I don't think we've ever had this much talent. There's a lot of people stepping up and I really think we can go all the way.
What's the one thing left for to accomplish in your high school career?
A WPIAL and state championship would be pretty nice.
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