Monday, October 17, 2011

Tough Break for Trina

This is one of those stories that you have to report because it's such big news and will have a drastic effect on this winter's girls basketball season. But at the same time you hate to see any kid suffer an injury like this, especially when it happens to one of the best players in the entire state.

Last season when she was only a sophomore Lebanon High forward Trina Scheie was the best player on a team that made it to the championship game in Division II. She had 20+ points and 15+ rebounds in both the semi-finals and title game. She was a 2nd team all-state selection (it's a crime that she didn't make the first team). She then had a big game at the 2011 North vs. South Clash, further solidifying her status as one of the area's top prospects for the Class of 2013.

But unfortunately, Sheie suffered a serious knee injury while playing soccer this fall.

"Trina will probably miss the season and is having surgery on the 19th for an ACL tear" Lebanon girls basketball coach Tim Kehoe told the NH Notebook.

Scheie is a 5'10" forward who is a flat out beast on the boards. She's tough, strong, physical and very aggressive, but at the same time she's not too aggressive where she gets in foul trouble or overplays passing lanes. She is also difficult to stop in the low post, where she has a variety of moves to score on her defender. She also has a good face up game, and excels at catching the ball at either elbow, facing up, making an up-fake one way and driving hard to the rim the other way and finishing at the basket. She can drive just as well left as she can right.

Sheie started for Lebanon as a freshman (they also made the championship game that year) but it was last season when she really took her game to the next level. She is a potential scholarship level player, so you really hate to see her suffer this kind of season ending injury.

"The good news from what I understand is that it's the easiest tear to repair" said Coach Kehoe, who has won over 350 games at Lebanon. "And the rest of the knee (MCL, PCL, etc.) is fine."

Losing Scheie this close to the season is a tough blow to Lebanon, who were considered one of the favorites in D-II again this season.

"As far as the season goes I have told everyone this is a terrible thing for Trina to go through so feel bad for her, but don't feel bad for us, because no one else will" said Coach Kehoe.

In addition to Lebanon, other teams expected to be in the upper-echelon of the division are Souhegan (defending undefeated champs), Windham, Hollis-Brookline and Bedford. All of these teams would do just fine against anybody in Division I (maybe except for Winnacunnet). This is definitely expected to be a very competitive year in D-II.

"This could change some things that we do x and o's wise, but our approach is the same" said Coach Kehoe, who has won 3 state titles at Lebanon. "We win with depth and hard work and we do not have a shortage of either one at Leb. Everyone will have to step up and our chemistry and selfless attitude has to remain."

Even without Sheie in the lineup, you can still expect them to be a very strong team. Senior guard/forward Colleen Taylor (dropped 18 points on Souhegan last year in regular season) and junior guard Moriah Morton (one of the state's best defenders) were both all-state players last season. And 2 other junior guards who were key players off the bench last season were Taylor Friedman and Emily Kehoe (Coach Kehoe's daughter), who are both scrappy guards who play hard and can shoot the ball well from the outside. Other returning varsity players include senior Megan Hess, junior Leanna Travis and sophomores Samantha MacDonald and Heather King.

"Our goals for the season have not changed one bit" Coach Kehoe continued. "Every one of our kids played AAU basketball this year together. And although we are not as well known as the southern NH AAU programs, our Lebanon Voltage team (coached by my brother Ed) played in some high level tourneys in CT and MA and did very well. This summer we attended three team camps (Southern Maine, Franklin Pierce, and Siena, NY) playing in the elite division in all of them and winning every camp by going undefeated with a combined record of 22-0. In 2 of those 3 camps (USM and Franklin Pierce) we played without Trina. Siena was a great camp at the end of the summer, playing some of the top teams out of New York in their large school elite division."

It is clear that although Sheie will miss the season you still cannot underestimate Lebanon. This is a program that has won 17 or more games in 16 of the 20 seasons Kehoe has been the coach.

"Don't get me wrong, Trina is one of the best players in the state and will be missed a great deal" Kehoe concluded. "But you will not here any excuses coming out of Leb. This year has some great teams in our division and I'm looking forward to it. In my opinion many of our kids have stepped up and improved a great deal. This team is motivated, and our hard work now will be for Trina."

That is clearly the right attitude to have, no wonder Coach Kehoe has been so successful at Lebanon. Best of luck to Trina with her surgery and recovery.

In Other Girls Basketball News...
In addition to the Scheie injury, there are a few other things to make note of as the girls hoops season gets closer. First off, a couple of girls who reportedly will not be playing basketball this winter. Both Taylor Carbone (Alvirne HS) and Katie Prothro (Bedford HS) are talented senior players, and have both started for their schools for each of the past 2 years. But neither player will be playing this season. Both Alvirne and Bedford are still expected to be strong teams, but these girls not playing definitely hurts their chances of advancing far in the tournament. It is worth noting that Carbone has already accepted a scholarship to play softball at Division I UMass-Amherst. In other news, Maeve Holland has transferred from Londonderry HS to Central Catholic (MA). Holland played varsity last year as a freshman for a Londonderry team that made it to the Division I title game. In addition to Holland, other NH kids on the Central Catholic girls basketball team include sophomore Courtney Walsh (Windham, NH), sophomore Alex Nagri (Salem, NH) and freshman Erica Hadad (Salem, NH).

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