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Central Catholic Lady Knights Girls Basketball Preview

November 13, 2012
Lafayette Central Catholic High School

On guard

Central Catholic’s speedy lineup will be guard-heavy.

Junior Emily Denhart can play multiple positions and Angela Tharp, Emily Tharp and Briana Tharp all got varsity experience a year ago.

Add versatile Emily Burks into the mix, a strong defender in Sarah Roswarski and freshman Cameron Onken and the Knights like their nucleus.

“Having point guards and twos and threes with experience helps because you can trust everyone with the ball and know they can bring it up the court,” senior Alanna Roswarski said. “You can beat (a full-court press) with passing because everyone can handle the ball.”

Front line

The Knights will not outsize many teams on their schedule, but they hope they can be quicker and more athletic.

Alanna Roswarski has been working in the post and could provide matchup problems.

Senior Camille Ulery, who went to St. Boniface before transferring out of state, moved back to CC this year and adds a post presence, along with Maggie Bobillo. Lucy Kendrick and Jordan Jackson provide depth. No player on the roster is taller than 5-foot-10.

“I think there will be a little give and take with the height,” Denhart said. “We’ll be able to get it back down the floor. No one will be able to keep up with us with our speed.”

Key newcomers

Onken will receive a heavy dose early. First-year coach Craig DeVault has high expectations for his freshman point guard.

“She’s grown about four inches over the summer, and she is being a leader on the court right now,” DeVault said.

Burks, Bobillo and Emily Tharp played predominately JV roles last season and will be expected to make a bigger impact with the varsity.


Central Catholic has not lost a sectional game since 2005. Even with the transition from Pat Tharp to DeVault as head coach, the postseason goals remain high, just as they did when Tharp succeeded Geoff Salmon.

Despite winning just three regular-season games a year ago, the Knights made a postseason run to the regional championship game. CC expects similar or better postseason results and a better regular season.

“I feel like our team, they are going to compete and people are going to be surprised by us,” DeVault said. “The record was 6-18 last year. I think we’ll surprise a lot of people this year with how uptempo and how defensive-minded we are"



Quick shots

Coach: Craig DeVault (first season)
2011-12 results: 6-19, lost to Riverton Parke 68-56 in regional championship
Conference: Hoosier
Sectional: Class A, Sectional 54
Sectional opponents: Clinton Prairie, Faith Christian, Frontier, Rossville (host), Tri-Central
Returning Stat Leaders

Scoring: Alanna Roswarski (14.2)
Rebounding: A. Roswarski (4.2)
Assists: Emily Denhart (1.7)
Steals: A. Roswarski (2.0)
Last season

Offensive average: 42.6
Defensive average: 52.4
Last season was rough going after losing four seniors from the previous year who all went on to play college sports. But the Knights found their stride in time to win a seventh straight sectional championship.
After going 3-18 in the regular season, CC defeated Rossville and upset Tri-Central, which had beaten the Knights by 19 in the regular season, 52-50 for the sectional title. CC also won a 38-36 game in the regional semifinal.
“We ended last year on a high note and it was really good for us to make it to the championship game of regionals,” senior Alanna Roswarski said.
All three regular season victories last year came against Clinton County. The Knights defeated Frankfort in back-to-back games, at the time improving them to 2-3 before an eight-game losing streak. CC snapped the streak with a win over Clinton Prairie.

  Pos. Ht. Yr.
0 Cameron Onken G 5-9 Fr.
2 Emily Denhart F 5-10 Jr.
3 Emily Burks G 5-6 So.
5 Angela Tharp F 5-6 So.
10 Brianna Tharp G 5-4 Sr.
11 Lucy Kendrick F 5-9 Jr.
12 Emily Tharp G 5-4 Jr.
15 Jordan Jackson F 5-4 Jr.
20 Michaela Davis G 5-6 Sr.
22 Maggie Bobillo F 5-10 So.
23 Camille Ulery F 5-6 Sr.
24 Sarah Roswarski G 5-8 Jr.
34 A. Roswarski F 5-10 Sr.
42 Sammy Bonner F 5-5 So.



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