December 11th, 2010

Assumption Drops Tough Loss 66-23

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

Assumption Drops Tough Loss 66-23
photo courtesy of Jeff Hartlage

Rockets lose big; gain new coach

The Assumption high school basketball team was thoroughly defeated at Manual, 66-23 Friday evening. The Rockets were dominated by their quicker, more talented and assertive opponent in every way imaginable. But in defeat, the Rockets found a major reason to believe that this loss was the beginning of a new season.


Assumption Athletic Director Bobby Blair had the difficult task of preparing the team to face Manual, annually one of the best teams in the state, after firing coach Ron Ferch earlier in the week. In the locker room after the game he could have talked about the need to take better care of the ball as the Rockets committed 32 turnovers. Or the need to shoot better as they hit just 8 of 39 shots. Or the importance of making free throws with a 7 of 16 performance from the line.


Instead, he was able to introduce the team to their new coach, Stephanie Greathouse, who will lead them for the remainder of the season. “The girls are going to get a great basketball coach,” Blair stated. “That’s number one. But they’re getting an even better person. They’re going to get someone who can lead them and who can take this program where we need to go for the rest of the season. It’s just December 10th and this team will learn a whole lot under Coach Greathouse.”


The game was never in doubt. Manual was much the better team from the first minute to the last with their smothering defense and unlimited supply of talent. But the girls never quit, never gave up and displayed a tough attitude under adverse conditions.


Greathouse spent several minutes addressing the team and stressed that they showed her that they have the talent, the grit and the desire to be a good team. “There was nothing I could say that would make the girls feel better,” said Greathouse. “But I did say that I was sitting in the stands and I saw talent; I saw desire; I saw athleticism. I saw a lot of things I can work with. I’m just going to do the best I can to make them better players and bring them a little hope.”


The young, inexperienced Rockets were led by Sophomores Dee Dee Sliter’s 7 points and Kelsey Kaiser’s 5. Kasier also led the team with 7 rebounds.


This will be Greathouse’s second stint as coach of the Rockets and she returns as a member of the Assumption Hall of Fame. She had success in the ‘80’s as Assumption’s coach leading them to one regional championship during her tenure. She enjoyed even more success as Butler’s coach for 15 years, taking the Lady Bears to five Sweet 16 appearances. That is a glowing resume for a dedicated, successful coach. She’ll give it one more shot after a six year coaching hiatus. Right back where she started it all.




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