Saturday, April 21, 2001

Brossart's Schwegmann wins
Ky. Miss Basketball




By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer contributor

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Katie Schwegmann
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        LEXINGTON — It was easy for state coaches to select Bishop Brossart guard Katie Schwegmann as 2001 Kentucky Miss Basketball — her 25.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and four steals a game made her an obvious choice.

        The hardest thing for Schwegmann? Keeping quiet about her honor for the two weeks she has known.

        “I wanted to tell people,” she said. “... I couldn't imagine myself being here. ... It's a great experience.”

        Schwegmann officially received the honor at a news conference Friday at Lexington Catholic High School.

        It is the latest in a string of awards that included Greater Cincinnati Hall of Fame player of the year, Associated Press first-team all-state and the Enquirer's player of the year. And it capped a week in which she chose to play college basketball at Miami University.

        “She's got so much energy,” said Lexington Catholic coach Greg Todd, who'll lead Schwegmann and the Kentucky all-stars against Indiana in the annual series. “She plays so hard. I've always respected her for the energy with which she plays.”

        Schwegmann's 2,917 career points are a school record. She played in five All “A” state tournaments — and led the Lady 'Stangs to the 1999 title — and her basket with nine seconds left sent Brossart to the Sweet Sixteen as the 10th Region champion last month.

        “She was the most deserving candidate, and her career speaks for itself,” Brossart coach Ray Kues said.

        Bowling Green's Josh Carrier is Mr. Basketball. He is the first University of Kentucky recruit to win the award since Richie Farmer of Clay County in 1988.

       



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