• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Catie Fletcher has stellar senior season at Asbury

CATIE FLETCHER, a former Woodford County High School girls’ basketball player, scored 30 points to help lead Asbury University to an 87-82 overtime win over Indiana-University East on Tuesday, March 1, to capture its second-consecutive KIAC title. (Photo courtesy of Asbury University)

With the completion of the 2015-16 women’s basketball season at Asbury University, former Woodford County High School girls’ basketball player Catie Fletcher seems to have gone above-and-beyond in helping to make it a season to remember for herself and her teammates. Here are just some of Fletcher’s accomplishments this season. On Saturday, Jan. 2, Fletcher became just the 11th player at Asbury University to join the 1,000-point club. In the game, she led both teams with 14 points to help Asbury defeat Midway, 91-43. On Wednesday, March 2, Fletcher was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team. Majoring in exercise science, Fletcher made the team with a 3.97 GPA. To qualify for the academic team, she needed to be a starter with a 3.3 cumulative GPA. The award is voted on by the CoSIDA membership. During the 2015-16 season, Fletcher led the Eagles in scoring with 554 points. In addition, she led her team with 17.1 points per game, which was also good for fourth in the KIAC. Also, Fletcher was named to the 2015-16 KIAC First-Team All-Conference team and finished third in Player of the Year voting. Then, in what was most probably the highlight of Fletcher’s senior season came on Tuesday, March 1, in the KIAC Tournament championship game. On that night, Fletcher scored 30 points and went 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, to help her team defeat Indiana-University East, 87-82, in overtime to capture Asbury’s second-consecutive KIAC tournament championship. According to an article on the Asbury website, Josh Stewart, sports information director, explained how the dramatic win came about. “It certainly lived up to the hype and was nearly identical in emotions from a season ago both in suspense and the positive outcome for the Eagles,” he began. “It took more than enough drama to get there though. “With less than five seconds on the clock, the Asbury women’s basketball team looked up at a three-point deficit with ball in hand at mid-court and worry across the Eagles’ faces; that is except for Catie Fletcher. “Fletcher caught the in-bounds pass, turned with a hand in her face, and drained an off-balance three ahead of the buzzer to force the game to extra time all tied at 75. “The overtime period was more about Fletcher and Co. as the Eagles’ leading scorer approached 30 points on the night by hitting shots and getting to the line. She helped her team extend their overtime lead to as many as six with 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. She hit on all 11 of her attempts for the game and finished with a game-high 30.” Asbury continued its season on Thursday, March 10, in the NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championships. Seeded No. 7, they scored a first round upset by defeating No. 2 seed St. Francis (Ill.) 63-60. Then in the second round on Friday, March 11, they lost 80-73 in overtime to No. 3 seed Tabor (Kan.) to end their season. In the game, Fletcher scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds to end her career at Asbury. (Information courtesy of Asbury University)

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