HOMECOMING FOR HIGHLY-SUCCESSFUL COACH
The resume' of Germantown Academy in Pennsylvania tells us the Patriots will be title contenders in the 4th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.
The Patriots have won three consecutive state championships and have reached the finals four of the last five years. Germantown also has won their Inter-Academic league championship for 14 consecutive years.
The trip to New Orleans will be a homecoming for Patriots head coach Sherri Retif, who played at Tulane University and attended Mercy Academy. Retif also coached Dee Brown, the mother of Salmen's Kalani Brown, in AAU basketball.
The Fort Washington, Pennsylvania school also has a New Orleans native on its roster. Senior post player Margaret Anne Hubbell's father Randy took a job with a prominent company in the Philadelphia area.
Hubbell is the lone senior on a young squad, that includes 3 sophomore starters, and a pair of freshman as key contributors off the bench.
Retif said Hubbell is "a hard worker in the post that makes her presence felt in every aspect of the game."
Junior co-captain Olivia Gorman, says Retif, "is a skilled shooter who serves as an excellent counterpart" for Hubbell.
Among the 3 sophomore starters is point guard Kendall Grasela who Retif says is equally adept at distributing the basketball or scoring.
Germantown's alumnae included Caroline Doty (2008), a three time NCAA champion at Connecticut, and Maggie Lucas (2010), a current Penn State senior and Wade Trophy Candidate.
Lucas is a Sporting News Preseason first team all American and was the 2013 Big Ten Player of the year.
In mid-December the Panthers had played only four games, all on the road. Retif said Pennsylvania doesn't allow sports to overlap.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic will be great competition for Retif's girls. "I have heard a lot about several of the teams in the tournament," said Retif. "They are very defensively oriented. We are going to have to come with our "A" game."
The Germantown Academy Panthers are contenders to take home the championship in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.