By: Joe Cicchino - Sports Information Assistant
FORT WASHINGTON -- While the Patriots celebrated a win over Episcopal Academy that gave them a perfect record in the Inter-Ac League, they also celebrated some former players that earned quite an honor. Following the 52-30 win over the Churchwomen, GA recognized the members of their 2009-2018 All-Decade Team. (SEE PHOTOS)
"Having former players and their parents at the game yesterday elicited so many wonderful memories," said Head Coach Sherri Retif. "After the game, it was exciting to spend time with each of them and catch up on the last few years. I particularly enjoyed Cat and Alexa interacting with Maggie and Jesse, bridging the generations and sharing fun stories."
The All-Decade Team of 2009-2018:
Margaret Anne Hubbell '14: In only two years at GA, ‘Hubs’ made a name for herself as a fierce competitor and an exemplary teammate. With 1,058 points, Margaret Anne stands as the 13th leading scorer among females. As a senior, she was named the Inter-Ac League Player of the Year as well as an All-State selection. She continued her basketball career in college, currently as a cadet at West Point.
Lily Bolen '17: Lilly Bolen was a three-time Inter-Ac Champion, and was recognized as Inter-Ac Player of the Year as a senior. Lilly is currently playing at Tufts University.
Erin Lindahl '16: GA’s first Inter-Ac MVP for girls’ basketball, Erin was a tenacious defender and a deceivingly effective scorer. A two-time Inter-Ac Champion, Erin was selected an All-State performer as a senior. Erin continues her career as a student-athlete at Emory University, where this year she has twice been named Player of the Week.
Kendall Grasella '16: A towering presence at the point guard position, Kendall presented match-up problems for opponents on both offense and defense. A two-time Inter-Ac Champion, as a senior Kendall received the Ferguson High Academic Achievement Award.
Jaryn Garner '12: Jaryn Garner was a multi-skilled athlete who guided the Patriots' offense for most of her tenure. Jaryn was a four-time Inter-Ac champion and an All-State selection who began her college career at the University of Virginia, and today is playing at St. Joseph’s University.
Olivia Gorman '15: One of the most natural scorers in GA history, Olivia was equally effective shooting from long range, as she was snaking through the lane for a score. Olivia was a two-time Inter-Ac Champion and was selected Inter-Ac Player of the Year as a senior. Currently Olivia is playing at Wesleyan University.
Alexa Gallagher '11: One of two five-time Inter-Ac Champions, Alexa was the last GA player to play varsity basketball as an eighth grader. An Inter-Ac Player of the Year and All-State selection, Alexa was signed to a Top 25 program, DePaul University. The GA girls’ basketball programs’ highest annual award was endowed in her name in 2013, recognizing players with exemplary leadership.
Alexa Naessens '18: For the past four years, Alexa has made her presence known patrolling the post for the Patriots. A four-time Inter-Ac Champion, Alexa he has signed to play for Colgate University.
Cat Polisano '18: A consummate leader, Cat brings poise and maturity to our team. Her leadership extends beyond her heroics on the court. Cat is a four-time Inter-Ac Champion who will be continuing her career at Fordham University.
Fran Sweeney '13: Hitting one of the biggest three point shots in GA history, Fran pulled her team back from the brink in an Inter-Ac battle versus Episcopal Academy that resulted in the Patriots clinching the title. Fran was a three-time Inter-Ac Champion, and continued her career at Emory University.
Kiernan McCloskey '13: Her 1,345 points rank Kiernan McCloskey as the fifth leading female scorer in GA history. Kiernan was a two-time Inter-Ac Champion and an All-State selection as a senior. Kiernan continued her career at Lehigh University.
Tory Thierolf '10: The ninth leading scorer in GA girls' basketball history, Tory tallied 1,150 points in her career. Among all players over the last 20 years, she owns the third and fifth highest field goal percentages, shooting 61% from the field as a freshman, and 58% as a senior. Tory’s 86% from the free throw line in 2010 is fifth best in GA history. A four-time Inter-Ac Champion and an All-State selection, Tory continued her career at Drexel University.
Jesse Carey '09: Check the all-time assists leaders in the GA record book, and you’ll find that Jesse holds the first three spots, having recorded 121 assists as a sophomore, 147 as a junior, and the all-time record of 158 assists as a senior. In addition, Jesse is the eighth leading female scorer in GA history with 1,159 points. A two-time Street & Smith All-American, a five-time Inter-Ac Champion, and an All-State selection, she is the only player to be selected to both All-Decade Teams. Jesse continued her career at Villanova University.
Maggie Lucas '10: Maggie Lucas is the second leading scorer, male or female, in GA history with 2,197 points. Everyone knows Maggie could hit the three. Fewer know that Maggie owns three of the top 10 spots in free throw percentage, has more assists in a season at 116 of anyone not named Carey, and is the all-time leader in steals with 112 in a season. Maggie was a four-time Inter-Ac Champion and an All-State selection. Additionally, she was a three-time Street & Smith All American, a Parade All-American, and a McDonalds All-American. Maggie continued her career at Penn State University and was the 21st player selected in the WNBA draft. Maggie recently signed a new contract to play with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.