Emilee Fedrizzi has been the go-to level guard for the Shenango Excessive ladies basketball workforce this season.
On Monday, Fedrizzi led the Girl ‘Cats with 15 factors in a 49-23 WPIAL Class 1-2A victory towards South Aspect Beaver. Fedrizzi had six assists and 6 steals in that recreation and was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line.
“It was recreation for us,” Fedrizzi stated. “I assumed we performed good offensively and defensively. It was one in every of our higher video games this season.”
The Girl ‘Cats suffered a 51-32 nonsection loss to Laurel on Wednesday. Fedrizzi netted seven factors towards the Girl Spartans.
On Sunday, within the Ron Galbreath Basic at Westminster Faculty, Fedrizzi paced Shenango with 39 factors and 7 assists in a 69-54 win over Farrell.
“I form of simply saved taking pictures,” Fedrizzi stated of the sport towards Farrell. “We didn’t have Janie (Natale), she’s our predominant shooter clearly, so I actually simply needed to step up that recreation and take as many pictures as I might and so they had been simply falling.”
“It was a quiet 39 — imagine it or not. At one level I seemed up, that they had the factors on the scoreboard, and she or he had 32. I used to be like, ‘Holy cow,’ however that’s the best way Emilee does issues,” Shenango coach Ricci LaRocco stated. “She scored 39 factors on 24 pictures which isn’t a variety of pictures for somebody who scored 39. She’s been actually on a tear offensively. She doesn’t actually shoot that a lot, however she’s cashing in on what she’s doing. Proper now, she’s fairly good offensively.”
Fedrizzi set a faculty file for women basketball in scoring essentially the most factors in a single recreation.
“I didn’t know till (Coach LaRocco) advised me that I wanted six extra factors after which I began getting a little bit nervous,” Fedrizzi stated. “I’m glad he waited to inform me about that. I actually didn’t anticipate it. I form of simply was taking part in and wasn’t actually interested by what number of factors I had. When he advised me that I used to be like, ‘Oh, I’ve obtained to get it.’ I used to be proper there so I used to be glad.”
For her efforts, Fedrizzi was named the Lawrence County Athlete of the Week as voted on by the New Fort Information sports activities workers.
Fedrizzi has provided 218 factors thus far this season. She averages 50 p.c in two-point area targets and 43 p.c from behind the arch.
The senior has grabbed 72 assists and 32 steals on the hardwood.
LaRocco commented that, in his two years of teaching Shenango, Fedrizzi has improved, “Leaps and bounds,” including, “Not essentially as a participant however in all probability as a degree guard. I used to be a former level guard so I’m in all probability tougher on my level guards than anyone. I anticipated a variety of her and she or he by no means as soon as batted an eye fixed simply, ‘Sure, coach,’ and goes about her enterprise. From what she was able to doing then to what she is able to doing now’s only a tribute to her.
“One factor I like most about Emilee is in the event you come right here and stayed right here to look at our follow you’d swear she was taking part in in a recreation. She does every little thing recreation pace to get higher. Any drill we do, she needs to get higher and it’s her arduous work exhibiting proper now and I couldn’t be prouder of her.”
A daughter of Bob and Karla Fedrizzi, the senior level guard has been taking part in basketball for the reason that third grade.
“I’ve at all times been into sports activities once I was youthful,” Fedrizzi stated. “I’d say my mother and father undoubtedly pushed me to become involved in as a lot as I might. I met all of my associates by basketball too and we’ve all develop into actually shut so I caught with it due to that.”
Fedrizzi credit the chums she made in basketball and their relationships as the most important power that’s propelling the Girl ‘Cats (5-1 part, 11-4 general) to success.
“We’ve been taking part in with one another ever since we had been in elementary faculty,” Fedrizzi stated. “We’re all actually shut and I really feel like that undoubtedly helps lots. Coming from final yr, we undoubtedly needed to enhance lots this yr. I really feel like we practiced lots over the summer season and we’ve been doing good, taking follow severely and taking part in good.”
Fedrizzi commented that the workforce has been taking part in good thus far.
“We did undergo a little bit tough patch a few weeks in the past, however we’ve actually picked it up,” she stated. “We obtained large wins that we needed to win from final yr so it’s been good.”
The senior stated the one factor that wants improved on is, “Our confidence and never getting in our heads lots,” including, “I really feel like in a few video games we’ve had fairly just a few turnovers. I really feel like we’ve picked up from that, but it surely’s undoubtedly our confidence, taking pictures the ball and simply making the suitable performs.”
Fedrizzi commented about being in a management function as a senior.
“I’ve at all times had seniors that I seemed as much as,” Fedrizzi stated. “I knew once I was a senior I undoubtedly needed to be encouraging for the youthful ladies and have a optimistic surroundings. I feel all of us seniors have undoubtedly had that this yr. Actually we wish it for us and our coaches and everybody supporting us.”
Fedrizzi stated the youthful gamers on Shenango’s roster are nice assist.
“Even at practices, simply taking part in protection on us and serving to us with that could be a large factor,” she stated. “They’re essentially the most supportive ladies I do know and that’s an enormous factor for us this yr too I feel.”
Fedrizzi feels her skills on the hardwood have improved since turning into the workforce’s level guard.
“I take pleasure in getting my teammates the ball, passes for them and assists,” Fedrizzi stated. “I undoubtedly picked up my taking pictures lots this yr too I’d say with it as a substitute of simply driving on a regular basis. I’ve extra confidence in my outdoors taking pictures.”
Fedrizzi praised LaRocco and the remainder of the teaching workers.
“He’s been so supportive. They’ve been nice coaches with us this yr,” Fedrizzi stated. “He pushes me to be my greatest and he doesn’t put a variety of strain on me which I like. He believes in me; he’s at all times believed in me. They love us a lot and so they’re at all times pushing us to do our greatest.”
LaRocco stated that Fedrizzi has taught him to develop into extra calm.
“After I first obtained this job, particularly final yr, I used to be extra vocal and perhaps to a fault. I’m studying that on a regular basis — to not,” LaRocco stated. “I feel what she taught me most is that onerous work will repay. You don’t want to inform anyone how good you might be. She simply goes out and reveals it. Do I feel she might play on the subsequent degree? I do. If anyone needed an important child to work arduous, she’s the one.
“She’s taught me that you just don’t have to inform anyone how good you might be, I don’t have to inform anyone my teaching file, you simply exit and show it. She’s performed that and she or he’s even taken that to a different degree.”
Fedrizzi additionally competes in volleyball and monitor and area for Shenango. She plans to attend Kent State College and main in nursing after commencement.
Fedrizzi doesn’t plan to play a sport on the collegiate degree however plans to hitch a membership or one thing to stay energetic due to athletics taking part in an enormous function in her life.