A Look Into the Lady Chargers


Maggie S. '22

This past season, the girls basketball team has dominated their division–even making it to the Petersen Events Center for the 2A WPIAL Championship. 

The Lady Chargers fell to the Neshannock Lady Lancers in the championship with a score of 55-31. Although, this loss does not define the impressive season brought forward by the girls whatsoever. 

With a student section by their side, the girls defied the odds throughout their season and found themselves supported by the student body. Senior Sy’rai Johnson-Dillard says, “The regular season win against Neshannock boosted our spirits and helped us get to our rematch against them later in the season, even if it wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for.” The girls beat Neshannock 52-29 in the regular season and found it as great motivation for playoffs. 

Senior sisters, Kaylee and Cassidy Fabiano, went to many of the girls games and leads the OLSH “O-Zone” in many ways. The twins said that “We try to make to games as fun as we can for not only the fans, but the players as well. As athletes ourselves, we understand the importance of showing support throughout the season.”  

With guidance from their returning coach, Don Eckerle, the girls found the season different from others. Unity finally embraced the girls, and allowed them to work together efficiently on and off the court. Eckerle told the girls that playing together as a team is the only way to win. Eckerle’s belief in the team aspect brought the Lady Chargers another successful season. 

Senior Kennedy Walsh says, “In more ways than one, the team this year grew extremely close, which allowed us to play fluidly.” It is evident that the team bonded this year through their dominating 26-6 record. Through team bonding activities and countless practices the girls became a unit. 

Seniors bookended their time on the team by reaching the WPIAL Championship both Freshman and Senior years. OLSH Girls Basketball looks forward to their next season, and wishes their seniors the best of luck on their future endeavors. The Lady Chargers will be there to root on and support the boy’s team throughout the State Playoffs this season, as they know how it feels to be champions. 

Congratulations on a great season, ladies! You make Charger Nation proud!