Lady Cat Basketball Adds Five Standouts for 2011-12 season
08/15/11...Fifth-year Head Coach Sasha Palmer and the Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball program have added five standout players for the 2011-12 season. Coach Palmer has signed four true freshmen, including Nicole Carman (Cleveland, OH), Kaitlynn Fratz (Accident, MD), Kelsey Sleighter (Uniontown, Pa.), Amber Smith (Morgantown, Pa.), and Brittany Eisenhuth, a former local standout from Ferndale Area High School, who is transferring to Pitt-Johnstown from Juniata College.
"We are so excited for this freshman class,” Coach Palmer said. “We recruited a lot of kids who we know can score, but they also play with a lot of heart and enthusiasm. We are looking for all of them to enter their freshman year and contribute to our team's success right away."
Nicole Carman Freshman Forward 5’10” Cleveland, OH/Twinsburg HS
Nicole Carman, a four-year letterman in both basketball and tennis at Twinsburg High School, averaged 9.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game on her way to guiding her team to the 2011 Ohio State Championship with a perfect 27-0 record. In her four high school seasons, Carman’s team posted a 94-8 overall record and appeared in three district finals, three regional tournaments, and a state championship game. Carman was a two-time Northeast Ohio All-Conference selection who was named a Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association All-Star and a Tri-County All-Star following her senior season. She also represented the United States in the 2011 Continental Cup Games.
On the tennis court, Carman, Twinsburg High School’s Most Valuable Player in 2011, was tabbed Northeast Ohio All-Conference three times on her way to guiding her team to three conference titles. She also earned a letter in track and field in the shot put and javelin.
Carman is the daughter of Hubert and Debora Carman. She was coached by Julie Solis at Twinsburg High School.
Brittany Eisenhuth RS-Freshman Guard 5’8” Johnstown, Pa./Ferndale Area HS
Brittany Eisenhuth was a Second-Team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A All-State selection after both the 2009 and 2010 seasons on her way to breaking Ferndale Area High School’s All-Time Scoring record with 1,706 career points. Eisenhuth, a four-year letter winner, also grabbed 932 career rebounds. She was a four-time West Pac All-Conference choice who helped lead her team to three straight Keystone State Games gold medals. Following her senior season, Eisenhuth, a two-time MVP at the Ligonier Valley High School Tournament, played in the Ameriserv Senior Hoops Classic and the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic where she garnered Most Valuable Player honors. Eisenhuth was also named to the WAABA All-Tournament Team from 2006 through 2009 and she guided her AAU Team, the PA Blue Thunder, to the 2008 National Championship at the Deep South Classic Tournament in North Carolina.
In addition, she was a West Pac All-Conference choice in softball in 2008 and 2010.
Academically, Eisenhuth was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Salutatorian with a 4.0 G.P.A.
Eisenhuth is the daughter of Henry and Debbie Eisenhuth. She was coached by Mike Urban at Ferndale Area High School.
Kaitlynn Fratz Freshman Guard 5’4” Accident, MD/Northern Garrett H.S.
Kaitlynn Fratz finished her career at Northern Garrett (MD) High School as Garrett County’s all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls with 2,103 points. She averaged 26.1 points per game as a senior and 21.9 points per game in her four years as a starter. Fratz, a four-time Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference (AMAC) First-Team All-Conference selection and the 2010 and 2011 AMAC Player of the Year, holds school records for career points (2,103), assists (305), and steals (284), and the single season scoring record with 734 points.
Fratz, a two-time Cumberland Times News All-Area Player of the Year and the 2010-11 Cumberland Times News Athlete of the Year, led Northern Garrett to the 2011 Maryland State Championship game for only the second time in school history.
Along with basketball, Fratz was also a four-year letter-winner in softball, soccer and track. In 2010, she earned the Cumberland Times News All-Area Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year as a member of the soccer team.
Fratz, was the vice president of her senior class, graduated with a 3.3 overall GPA.
Fratz is the daughter of Steve and Tracy Fratz. She was coached by her father Steve Fratz and Pete Brosnihan at Northern Garrett High School.
Kelsey Sleighter Freshman Guard 5’7” Uniontown, Pa./Uniontown H.S
Kelsey Sleighter was a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter at Uniontown High School where she was named to the Pennsylvania All-State Girls’ Basketball Team following the 2010-11 season. She finished her career as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,245 points. Sleighter, just the third Lady Raider to reach the 1,000-point plateau, also amassed 145 three-pointers, 503 rebounds, 328 assists, and 254 steals. She also shot 87% from the free-throw line. As a senior, she finished second in the WPIAL in Scoring (19.3 ppg.) and second in three-pointers (49). Sleighter, a three-time WPIAL All-Section selection and a three-time All-County choice, also averaged 4.5 steals per game as a senior. She was tabbed a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 10 and played in the 2011 Pittsburgh Roundball Classic.
Sleighter was named to the 2010 US Junior National AAU Basketball All-Tournament Team as a member of the Nate Smith Basketball Club Team in Morgantown, W.Va.
In the classroom, Sleighter, a 2010-11 Uniontown High School Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, graduated fourth in her class and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Sleighter is the daughter of Chris and Linda Sleighter. She was coached by Jason Winfrey at Uniontown High School.
Amber Smith Freshman Guard 5’7” Morgantown, WV/University H.S.
Amber Smith, who began her high school career at Trinity Christian School, transferred to University High School following her freshman season. After scoring 257 points and grabbing 112 rebounds as a freshman, Smith added 860 more points and 323 more rebounds at University High School to finish her career with 1,117 points and 435 rebounds.
Smith earned Second-Team West Virginia All-State honors as a senior and third-team all-state honors following her freshman and junior seasons. She was a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference choice and was named to the Dominion Post All-Area Team three times. Smith, a four-year letter-winner, was also named to the West Virginia State Tournament All-Tournament Team in 2009.
Smith is the daughter of Brad and Michelle Smith. She was coached by Kamila Meikel at University High School.
The Lady Cats, who reached the 2011 WVIAC Tournament Quarterfinals, are coming off of a 16-12 overall record and a 13-9 mark in conference-play. Pitt-Johnstown returns eight letter-winners and a pair of starters, but must replace four seniors, including Honorable Mention All-American Sheena Aden (Sandy Lake, Pa.), and First-Team All-WVIAC choice Andrea Dalton (Washington, Pa.).
Pitt-Johnstown opens the 2011-12 season at Urbana (OH) University on November 12, before hosting a WVIAC game against Davis & Elkins (WV) College on November 16 in the Sports Center.