By Steve Svetovich
She made an impact.
Enough of an impact as aman that Dunmore freshman Ciera Toomey last month was named to the Class 3A all-state third team.
Daughter of Pat and Carrie Toomey, Dunmore, Ciera was part of a contingent of five Lackawanna League players who earned berths on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State girls basketball team.
Ciera’s teammate, sophomore Moriah Murray, was a first team All-State selection.
Ciera averaged 16.5 points per game as a freshman.
The 6-2 freshman opened eyes with her play in the second half of the season and hit 51 percent from 3-point range.
Ciera showed a great ability for handling the ball and shooting with quickness and agility.
She averaged 19 points in two state playoff games, shooting 9-of-11 and scored 22 points in a win over Neumann Goretti. She hit 15-of-18 shots in the two state playoffs games before the impact of Covid-19 cancelled the rest of the state playoffs.
Ciera also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and three blocks in the two state playoff contests.
Ciera was also an All Regional pick as a freshman.
And she comes from good basketball stock. Her mom, Carrie Bowen Toomey, was a Dunmore all-star selection and 1,000-point scorer for Franklin and Marshall College.
Her sister, Victoria Toomey, earned numerous all-star selections and awards as a Dunmore standout and currently plays for Rider University.
Ciera said she was honored by her third-team All-State selection. “We are in a league with a lot of good players,” she said. “I certainly did not expect it. It could have been anyone.”
The talented freshman said she enjoys playing with sophomore teammate Murray. “Moriah is great,” she said. “She is such a good passer. She makes plays all the time. I just love playing with her. We feed off each other very well.”
Ciera has an impressive 97 academic average at Dunmore. Her best subject is math.
She also plays on the golf team and is a member of the French club.
She praised Dunmore veteran basketball coach Ben O’Brien. “He is such a good coach. He has us prepared all the time. He is a game changer. There is a reason why the Dunmore Lady Bucks win every year.”
Ciera said her parents and older sister Victoria have been big influences. “My parents always teach me to work hard for what I want and to go after it.
“My sister taught me how to play in the post and get position. I was a guard before, so she really taught me a lot and helped with the transition.”
The scholar-athlete said she and her teammates were disappointed with the ending of the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We were really playing well, so we wanted to keep going. It was tough ending the season like that. But we were playing great and will have all of our starters back next season. We can go further next year.”
Ciera said she is staying in shape during the stay-at-home orders by working out and playing basketball and golf with her sister Victoria.
She enjoys listening to music, especially Dua Lipa.
She called her freshman experience at Dunmore as “unforgettable” and hopes to play college basketball after she graduates in three years.
“We are a very close team. We have a great bond and outstanding coaching. We hated to see the rest of the season cancelled, but we will come back stronger next year.”