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Lady Cat Basketball Signs Six for 2008-09 season
     08/18/08...Second-year Head Coach Sasha Palmer and the Pitt Johnstown women’s basketball program have added six standout players for the 2008-09 season.  Coach Palmer signed Samantha Akers (Leesburg, VA/Loudoun County H.S.), Monae Baker (Bushkill, Pa./East Stroudsburg North H.S.), Analicia Evans (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield H.S.), Jamie Gennett (Davidsville, Pa./Conemaugh Township H.S.), Taylor Griffith (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area H.S.) and Sara Trimarco (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area H.S.).
     “I am really excited for this freshman class,” Coach Palmer said.  We have some great athletes who all had outstanding high school careers.  I’m looking forward to working with them at the college level.” 

Samantha Akers      Guard        5’6”      Leesburg, VA/Loudoun County High School 
     Samantha Akers averaged 15.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game on her way to being named First Team All Region II, the Dulles District Player of the Year and First Team Dulles District in 2007-08.  Her 15.6 points per game led the Dulles District and was second in Region II.  She finished her career with 773 points and set the school record for career three-point field goals made (109), three-point field goals made in a season (55) and three-point field goals made in a game (7).  In three seasons playing at the varsity level, Akers helped lead her team to a 67-14 overall record and a spot in the Virginia State Tournament Final Four.  Her team also won the Region II title in 2006, the Dulles District championship in 2006 and 2008 and the Dulles District Tournament crown in 2006 and 2008.  Akers scored 25 points in the first half of a game against Park View High School and 24 points in the second half of a game against Briar Woods High School.  As a junior in 2006-07, Akers averaged 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game.
     Akers is the daughter of Dave and Gayle Stoll.  She was coached by Kevin Reed at Loudoun County High School.

Monae Baker   Forward/Center   6’0”  Bushkill, Pa./East Stroudsburg North  High School 
     Monae Baker was a three-year letter winner who averaged 16.3 points per game as a junior and 17.5 points as a senior.  She finished her high school career with 1,179 points on her way to leading her team to a spot in the District play-offs for the first time in school history in 2008.  Baker, the Blue Ridge Communications Female Athlete of the Week on January 14, 2008 and December 25, 2006, was a two-time recipient of the school’s Most Valuable Athlete for Girl’s Basketball Award and a three-time First Team Mountain Valley Conference selection.  She also earned induction into the East Stroudsburg North High School Wall of Fame and received a Certificate of Achievement from the International Masons & Order of Eastern Star in recognition of her outstanding academic and athletic achievements.  Baker earned Most Valuable player honors at the 2008 Mountain Valley conference All-Star Game after scoring 19 points and was chosen to play in the Via Classic Lehigh Valley All-Star Game.  She also earned a spot on the Delaware Valley Rotary All-Tournament Team in 2007 after scoring 52 points in two games.
     Baker is the daughter of Anthony and Dorothy Baker.  She was coached by Jon Zerfoss at East Stroudsburg North High School.

Analicia Evans     Forward/Center      5’11”    Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield High School 
     Analicia Evans, a 2007-08 team captain, averaged 15.9 points per game and shot 75.0% from the free-throw line as a senior on her way to finishing second in school history with 964 career points.  She also poured in a career-high 23 points and scored in double figures 17 straight games during the 2007-08 season.  Evans, who led her team to the 2007-08 Lancaster-Lebanon league championship, was named a 2008 Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star.  She was a two-time Most Valuable Player at the Columbia Tournament and a three-time All-Tournament Team choice at the Hempfield Christmas Tournament.  Evans was the Most Valuable Player of the Lady Blue Mountain AAU team in 2005, and guided her team to the Keystone State title in 2003 and 2005.
     Evans is the daughter of Lisa and Gerald Simmons, Jr. and Stafford Evans.  She was coached by Lenny Groft at Hempfield High School.

Jamie Gennett    Guard     5’7”   Davidsville, Pa./Conemaugh Township High School 
     Jamie Gennett, a Third Team Pennsylvania Small School All-State selection and the Somerset County Most Valuable Player, averaged 18.1 points (470 points), 8.4 rebounds (198 rebounds), 5.3 assists (112 assists), 5.3 steals (113) and nearly one block per game during the 2007-08 season.  She finished her high school career with 1,031 career points.  Gennett was the District 5 Player of the year in 2007 and 2008 and a West Pac All-Conference choice in 2007 and 2008.  Gennett led her team to three straight PIAA State Play-off appearances, including a spot in the “Sweet 16” in 2007.  She also helped guide Conemaugh Township to three consecutive District 5 AA titles and three WestPac Conference championships.
     Gennett is the daughter of Brian and Richele Gennett.  She was coached by Joe DiBartola at Conemaugh Township High School.

Taylor Griffith      Forward      6’1”     Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area High School
     Taylor Griffith, a three-year letter winner and a Third Team Altoona Mirror selection, averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game during the 2007-08 season.  She was also the Fullington Bus Company Outstanding Female Athlete as a senior and an all-Tournament Team choice at the Lebanon Tournament.  Griffith, along with fellow Lady Cat basketball recruit Sara Trimarco, helped lead Hollidaysburg to a 20-3 record and the top-seed in the 2008 District 6 AAAA Playoffs.
     Griffith is the daughter of Robin Griffith.  She played for Joe Hurd at Hollidaysburg Area High School.

Sara Trimarco    Guard     5’6”  Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area High School
     Sara Trimarco, a three-year letter winner, led Hollidaysburg Area High School in assists and steals during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.  Trimarco, along with fellow Lady Cat basketball recruit Taylor Griffith, helped lead Hollidaysburg to a 20-3 record and the top-seed in the 2008 District 6 AAAA Playoffs.  Trimarco garnered her school’s Distinguished Athlete Award as a senior and was selected to represent Blair County in the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic.
     Trimarco is the daughter of Tom and Cindy Trimarco.  She was coached by Joe Hurd at Hollidaysburg Area High School.

     Pitt Johnstown opens the 2008-09 season at the Kutztown University Tournament on November 15-16.  The Lady Cats will kick-off their home schedule against Shippensburg University on Saturday, November 22 in the Sports Center.