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December 4, 2012

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Lady Lions' 1-2 punch of Cheatham and Franco will be fun to watch on the basketball court

LOCKPORT — Lockport High School junior Sara Franco and senior Alexis Cheatham are world’s apart in height, but their hearts and collective basketball goals are more connected on the hardwood than most high school athletes.

The 6-2 dominating rebounder Franco and the 5-4, smooth dribbling and shooting court general Cheatham will lead head coach Bill Shaw’s new-look Lockport Lady Lions into the 2012-13 season, which begins today against visiting Section V-power Rush-Henrietta.
The 1-2 punch already have years of varsity experience under their belts, including pressure games like last year’s Section VI Class AA championship win over top-seeded Lancaster and the season-ending state Far West Regional loss to Penfield.
What they never were was the main focus of the Lady Lions’ attack, which they’ve stepped into confidently this winter, along with returning senior sharpshooter Carly Kane.
“Sara’s got to want the ball and control the glass at both ends of the court. I think she’ll do that,” Shaw said. “Alexis needs to make good decisions. We don’t normally look to our point guard for points, but she’s got a good outside shot and good moves to the basket. She’s capable of scoring. I think we’ll go as far as Lexi takes us. I think she could become one of the area’s best guards.”
Lost to graduation are the four, 3-year starters (Patti Burdick, Maggie Glenn, Marisa Guyton and Emma Sobieraski) who were members of a state-ranked unit that won sectional titles in three out of the last four years.
The good news this year, Shaw said, is that for the first time in many years, he has a roster deep in talent. “We might have 10 different starting lineups over the course of the season,” Shaw said.
The Lady Lions, 18-4 overall a year ago, are also returning several other key players, including senior Allie Cavagnaro, who’s also expected to see a lot of playing time and can fill several positions.

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