Lady 'Canes success, playoff hopes ride with Frabotta

New Castle's Lindsay Frabotta

Lindsay Frabotta has done a lot for the New Castle High girls basketball program. 

On the court, she’s been a contributor all four years of her varsity career, but has stepped it up this season filling the box score for the Lady ’Canes. However, there are a few things she’s still chasing after before her career ends. 

“I want to leave a mark on the program,” Frabotta said. “The last couple years have been on the downslope and we’ve had losing seasons. Hopefully this will be the start of the New Castle Lady ’Canes going back on the uphill slope and hopefully we start the winning trend back here.”

The Lady ’Canes, at 1-5 in WPIAL Class 4A, Section 2 and 6-8 overall, are in the mix as the season hits its stretch run. Frabotta gave her best effort to  help ensure that New Castle is back on its way to the playoffs, helping the team to two wins in three games while averaging 21 points, eight rebounds and 3.3 blocks. She also added games of five assists each against Rochester and Highlands. For good measure, she had games of four and two steals. For her efforts, she earned Lawrence County High School Athlete of the Week honors sponsored by the Washington Centre Physical Therapy and selected by the New Castle News sports staff. 

Frabotta, a daughter of Mike and Deanna Frabotta, gives Lady ’Canes coach Kara Joseph a consistent player, scorer and leader for a young team fighting its way back to WPIAL prominence. Frabotta, according to Joseph, always gives full effort and has a lone goal of team success and advancing to the playoffs.

“She’s built on that for four years now,” Joseph said,” and you can finally see it coming to a whole her senior year with doing a little bit of everything — scoring, passing, grabbing rebounds, blocking shots, stellar defense. Every year, her all-around game has grown even bigger.”

New Castle, which already has surpassed last year’s win total of five, has just eight regular-season games left in the season. Should the Lady ’Canes pull everything together to make a playoff run, New Castle could be a dangerous team and a tough out.

“They work every day, starting with Lindsay and my other senior, Olivia Valenti,” Joseph said. “They are conquering the hump and they are going to push over it. When we click for 32 minutes, there’s no team that shouldn’t feel threatened or frightened (to play us).”

A Slippery Rock University recruit, Frabotta will make the short trip down Route 108 to join the Lady Rock’s basketball program next season. The 5-foot-10 guard/forward said she was hoping to sign a letter of intent before the season started so she could focus on her senior hardwood season.

“I really wanted to sign before my senior year,” Frabotta said. “It actually came unexpectedly. The Slippery Rock coach gave me an offer and called me out of nowhere. That was really exciting for me and kind of took a weight off my shoulders going into my senior year so I don’t have anything to worry about and I can just go out and play my game.”

For now, Frabotta and the rest of her teammates are focused on pushing these last few games to try and win and extend the season. After falling to Blackhawk on Monday, the Lady ’Canes have section dates with Quaker Valley tomorrow and Hopewell on Saturday to close out the week’s action. Success in those games will likely fall to how well Frabotta can score and then fill the box score in other categories. 

“She wants more for this team than she ever wants for herself,” Joseph said. “It’s not about her. It’s about the team to her. If she’s not making her teammates better or vice-versa, then what was this all for? And that’s the attitude she’s always had to be the best she can be, to make everyone around her better and let those around her make her better. I think that speaks highly of someone who is only 18 years old.”

psirianni@ncnewsonline.com

Digital editor

Pete Sirianni is the News' digital editor. Previously, he worked at The Bradford (Pa.) Era. Sirianni is a 2016 IUP graduate, earning a degree in journalism and public relations. Contact him at psirianni@ncnewsonline.com or on Twitter at @PeterSirianni.

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