Women’s basketball: Great Danes land another Forster

There’s going to be another Forster in the athletic program at the University at Albany next year.

There’s going to be another Forster in the athletic program at the University at Albany next year.

Heather Forster, a senior at Huntington High School, was one of four players who signed letters of intent to play basketball for Great Danes coach Katie Abraham-Henderson next season.

Forster’s older sister, Julie, helped build the Great Danes’ Division I program, and her brother, Jack, is a defensive lineman for the UAlbany football team.

Forster averaged 14.7 points and over 15 rebounds as a junior at Huntington.

Also signing letters of intent were forward Veronika Lavergne of Ottawa, Ontario; guard Khara Keane of Brampton, Ontario; and guard Amarri Trueheart of Cheltenham, Pa.

The 6-foot-5 Lavergne was a standout in both basketball and volleyball at St. Peter’s Catholic, and was a member of the U17 Team Ontario in basketball.

Keane was the MVP at St. Joseph’s College last year, leading the team to the AAAA girls’ championship, while Truehart averaged 14 points per game last season, and was also a standout in soccer and track.

Jaques adds three

Siena head coach Ali Jaques picked up three players during the early signing period, including sharp-shooting guard Jackie Benitez of

Tobyhanna, Pa. Benitez averaged 23.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals per game in leading Pocono Mountain West to a second straight Mountain Valley Conference championship. She broke her school’s record for single-season points (653) and career points (1,276) last year.

Also joining the Saints will be 6-0 forward Katcia Perryman of The Peddie School in New Jersey and point guard Deja Rawls of Abington, Pa.

Jaques can’t wait to get Perryman on the floor at the Alumni Recreation Center.

“In my 16 seasons of coaching, I don’t believe I’ve had the opportunity to coach a young woman with the raw talent and athletic ability that Katcia Perryman brings to our program,” Jaques said. “Her ceiling as a player is infinite.”

The Saints will host Central Connecticut in their home opener at 7 tonight at the ARC.

Siena freshman forward Margo Hetzke was named the rookie of the week after one of the greatest debuts in program history. Hetzke had 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Saints to a 58-50 come-from behind win over Buffalo.

Central Connecticut is 1-1 and is led by junior Kayla Miller, a graduate of Bishop Maginn who had 13 points in a 75-63 loss to Hartford on Monday.

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