As a Lady Cat
Sarah made her Pitt Johnstown debut last season after taking a red-shirt during the 2003-04 season. She played in 24 of the Lady Cats’ 27 games and averaged one point and 1.6 rebounds in six minutes per game. Sarah shot 41.2% (7-17) from the field and 55.6% (5-9) from the free-throw line. She also had six assists, six steals and four blocks.
After starting slow, Sarah’s statistics began to improve as she made the adjustment to the college game. In one season, Sarah score four points against Millersville University on Jan. 4, 2005 and four points against Concord (WV) University on Jan. 15, 2005. She also pulled down five rebounds on three different occasions, once against Millersville on Jan. 15, 2005 and twice against Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College on Feb. 1, 2005 and Feb. 11, 2005.
Sarah gained valuable experience last year as a red-shirt freshman. This year, she must use that experience and step up and be a force on the boards at both ends of the court. Offensively, Sarah has a good shooting touch and can play in either the high or low posts. She must continue to improve. Sarah came back to school in better physical shape, but she needs to be stronger, both physically and mentally, and have a better understanding of the game.
Once she establishes a confidence, Coach Gault feels Sarah has a chance to be a very effective collegiate player
Sarah is the daughter of Kevin and Jen Priest.
At Ferndale Area High School
Sarah finished her high school career 1,335 points, 1,403 rebounds, 220 assists, 179 steals and 103 blocked shots on her way to being named 2003 Third Team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A All-State.
Her 1,403 rebounds is an all-time school record for both boys and girls, and her 431 rebounds in a season is also a school record for both boys and girls. Sarah is Ferndale’s third leading scorer in school history with 1,335 points.
In 2003, Sarah was a member of the Eat’n Park Pennsylvania Hoops Roundball Classic All-Star Team and the 2003 Big John Riley Classic All-Star team.
She led her team to West-PAC Conference championship and to the Pennsylvania State Playoffs as a senior. Sarah was a two-time West-PAC All-Conference selection.
Sarah was also honored as a two-time All-Tournament Team selection, including being named the 2003 Most Valuable Player, at the Windber Area Athletics Boosters Association Tournament.
She received the 2002 U.S. Army Reserves Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, as well as being tabbed a two-time Tribune-Democrat Athlete of the Week.
Sarah was coached by Mike Crisafulli at Ferndale Area High School.