Lady Cat Basketball Adds Five Standouts for 2010-11 season
06/14/10...Fourth-year Head Coach Sasha Palmer and the Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball program have added five standout players for the 2010-11 season. Coach Palmer brought in five true freshmen, including Brittney Shields, a former standout at Southern Huntingdon County High School who finished sixth all-time in scoring at the school with 1,298 points.
“We are really excited about this recruiting class. We have two 1,000-point scorers, a school’s all-time leading rebounder, a great three-point shooter and a three-year letter winner who is a great leader.”
Grace Hyland Freshman Guard 5’8’’ Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair High School
Grace Hyland lettered four years, was a three-year starter and a two-year captain at Upper St. Clair High School. Hyland, an Almanac Second-Team All-Section selection as a junior, helped lead Upper St. Clair to a WPIAL AAAA Championship in 2008. She also helped take the squad to the PIAA Final Four in 2007. Hyland finished her career with 591 points and 211 rebounds. She also ranks fourth on the school’s all-time three-pointers made.
In 2009-10 season, Hyland averaged 10.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 1.7 assists per game. She shot 32.5% from the field, 26.8% from three-point range and 75.6% from the free-throw line in her senior season.
Academically, Hyland graduated with high honors and was a member of the National Honor Society. Hyland received a Pitt-Johnstown Presidential Scholarship.
Hyland is the daughter of Scott Hyland and Beth Rotella. She was coached by Ernie Koontz at Upper St. Clair.
Rachel Johnson Freshman Forward 5’10’’ Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra Area High School
Rachel Johnson was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Palmyra Area High School, where she scored 739 points, pulled down a school-record 956 rebounds and made 172 steals. Johnson, a Second-Team All-County selection as a junior and a first-team choice in 2010, averaged 9.0 points and 12.2 rebounds per game as a senior. She was a two-time Mid-Penn Keystone Division Honorable-Mention All-Star who played in the 2010 Mid-Penn All-Star Game and the PA Hoops North vs. South All-Star Game. Johnson also helped her team reach the PIAA Sweet 16 in 2008-09,and win back-to-back titles at the Warwick Holiday Tournament.
Johnson, a recipient of a Pitt-Johnstown Presidential Scholarship, was a four-year Honor Roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. She also received a Kiwanis Club Scholar-Athlete Award.
In addition to basketball, she was a three-year starter on Palmyra’s girls soccer team.
Johnson is the daughter of Mark and Diane Johnson. She was coached by Ron Berman at Palmyra Area High School.
Brittney Shields Freshman Forward 5’10’’ Orbisonia, Pa./Southern Huntingdon H.S.
Brittney Shields joins the Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball program after a stellar career at Southern Huntingdon High School where she started four years and was a two-year captain. Shields finished her career ranked sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,298 points. She also had 547 rebounds, 386 assists and 181 steals. Shields, a two-time ICC North First-Team All-Star and a Juniata Valley League Second-Team All-Star, was the area’s third-leading scorer in 2009-10. Shields averaged 13 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game as a senior. She also shot 49.0% from the field and 70% from the free-throw line.
Shields helped lead her team to three straight PIAA State Playoff appearances, including a spot in the Final Four in 2009 and a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010. Southern Huntingdon, the 2008 and 2009 District 6 runner-up, won a Juniata Valley League title in 2008 and the ICC Championship in 2009.
Academically, Shields was her school’s 2009-10 Huntingdon County Sports Hall of Fame Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Shields is the daughter of Alicia Hull and Jonathan Shields. She was coached by Phil Speck at Southern Huntingdon.
Inaya Stephenson Freshman Forward 6’0’’ Pittsburgh, Pa./Winchester Thurston H.S.
Inaya Stephenson comes to Pitt-Johnstown after playing two seasons at Schenley High School and two seasons at Winchester Thurston High School, where she combined to score over 1,000 points for her career.
In two seasons at Winchester Thurston, Stephenson totaled 733 points, and she also scored her 1,000th point during the 2009-10 season. She averaged 16.0 points per game as a senior, and 17.3 ppg., 12.3 rpg., 1.8 apg., 1.2 spg. and 2.9 bpg as a junior. She also shot 87.9% from the free-throw line in 2008-09.
Stephenson, a 2009-10 captain for Winchester Thurston, was selected to play in the Kenny Durrett Classic All-Star Game. In 2008-09, she was named Most Valuable Player of the Lady Bulldog Snowflake Shoot-Out. As a sophomore at Schenley, Stephenson played on a team that placed second in the 2008 City Championship, and she played on the school’s first-ever state quarterfinalist.
Stephenson is the daughter of Ithania Hawes. She was coached by Debbie Lewis at Schenley High School and Monica Williams at Winchester Thurston.
Caitlin Wolford Freshman Guard/Forward 5’10’’ Homer City, Pa./Homer Center H.S.
Caitlin Wolford, a three-year letter winner at Homer Center High School, will red-shirt for the Lady Cats in 2010-11.
Wolford received the District VI Sportsmanship Award and was an honorary captain for the Lady Wildcats after having to miss the 2009-10 season due to injury. Wolford, who finished her career with 243 points, averaged 5.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as a junior.
In addition to basketball, Wolford was a three-year letter winner and one-year team captain in volleyball. She also earned one letter in softball and one in track and field.
In the classroom, Wolford, a recipient of a Leadership Scholarship at Pitt-Johnstown, earned her school’s Academic Excellence Award, the U.S. Marine Corps. Distinguished Athlete Award, the Lady Wildcat Scholar-Athlete Award, the Homer Center Booster Club Scholar-Athlete Award and the EME Generation Station Scholar-Athlete Award. She also was a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner and a member of the National Honor Society at Homer Center, where she graduated as a Summa Scholar. Wolford was also awarded the Homer Center Tri-Ahlete Award and the Homer Center Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.
Wolford is the daughter of Kevin and Maliya Wolford. She was coached by Tom Lasher at Homer Center High School.
Pitt-Johnstown opens the 2010-11 season with a home contest vs. Concord (WV) University on Nov 13 at the Sports Center.