By Steve Svetovich
Abby Anderson has been a scoring machine all season for the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders basketball team.
So it came as no surprise when the junior scored the 1,000th point of her high school basketball career to lead No. 3 Holy Cross to a 67-39 win over No. 14 Mountain View in the first round of the District 2 Class AA girls basketball playoffs Wednesday, February 17.
Abby scored 14 of her game high 16 points in the first quarter to lead the Lady Crusaders in the win over Mountain View. Lexi Walsh scored 14 points and Lauren Franklin added 11 for Holy Cross.
The talented guard-forward was one of four Holy Cross players who scored in double figures as the Lady Crusaders defeated No. 7 Lakeland, 51-39, in the District 2 Class AA quarterfinal at Scranton High School Thursday, February 18.
Abby scored 11 points and led the team with nine rebounds and five assists in the win over Lakeland. Walsh led the scoring with 15. Franklin and senior point guard Alyssa Alfano scored 11 each. Sophomore Mollie Burda hit a clutch 3-pointer in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Alfano and Franklin both had four steals.
Daughter of John and Jamie Anderson, Abby, 17, has been in the top two all season in the division scoring race. She is averaging 19.7 points per game. She also averages eight rebounds and five rebounds per contest.
She reacted to her 1,000th career point. “I felt the pressure to get it,” she said. “It was an incredible feeling to get it at home. It hit me when I saw the crowd’s reaction. It was awesome.”
Abby talked about the success of the team. “We play more and more as a team. We worked hard all summer. We know each other’s tendencies.”
The talented junior is also a member of the Holy Cross softball team. The center fielder-pitcher was selected All State as a freshman. She is a three-year member of the basketball team.
She is a member of the Language Club, Pro Life, National Honor Society and Student Council at Holy Cross.
Abby, who was MVP in the North Pocono tournament, has a 3.7 grade point average. Her favorite subject is math. The scholar-athlete is considering becoming a math teacher and would like to play basketball or softball in college.
Abby said she has learned a lot from her parents and Holy Cross girls’ basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald.
“My parents taught me about respect and discipline. Coach Fitzgerald teaches me about game control and keeping a certain, positive mind set. He teaches me to stay strong when things are not going right.”
Abby will be playing AAU basketball for the Keystone Karma this summer. She has played eight years of travel softball and currently plays for the Impact Panthers 18U Gold.
The hard-working junior talked about her future goals. “I want to play either basketball or softball in college, go to a good school and get a great education.”
Abby has led the Lady Crusaders to 23 wins in 25 games this season at press time.
She talked about what it takes to excel in high school basketball. “You need to have a lot of discipline and be mentally strong.”
Abby enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Taylor Swift in concert.
A positive thinker, Abby said she is enjoying her experience at Holy Cross High School.
“It is awesome here. I love the school. I love the sports.”