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Flaherty one tough freshman

January 26, 2011

photo courtesy of TARA LAUDUCCI

Manasquan freshman Katelynn Flaherty [seen here in action earlier this season] is undeniably a talented basketball player.

Flaherty has been as good as advertised in 2010-2011 and is unquestionably the best freshman player in the Shore Conference.  The guard is a lethal outside shooter and a threat to go over  20 points on any given night.

Perhaps the most impressive thing I have seen from Flaherty this season though, was her toughness in a pivotal C Central win against Point Borough on Tuesday night.

Flaherty was un-intentionally elbowed in the face while fighting for a loose ball midway through the third quarter, which instantly drew blood from her nose.

The freshman was obviously shaken, but did not panic as she was escorted to the locker room by the Manasquan training staff.  The feel in the gym was that it would be the last we would see of Flaherty that night.

So imagine the surprise when just minutes later, Flaherty came out of the locker room and went directly to the scorer’s table to check back into the tight game.

Not only did she play, but she played hard.  Flaherty’s 14 points [12 in the fourth quarter] after the injury, was a major key in the Warriors running away with a victory and earning a tie for first place in the C Central Division.

“When I look at Katelynn I don’t see a freshman,” said teammate Michaela Mabrey.  “I see a great player who I have been playing basketball with all my life.  When she is on the floor, she makes everyone on the team better.”

Flaherty is a rare combination of talent and toughness for a player in only her first year at the high school level, who is going to be a real gem for Shore Conference basketball over the next four years.

For a complete game story on Manasquan’s win over Point Borough, please refer to the January 27, 2011 issue of The Coast Star.

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