On Sunday, former Germantown Academy basketball stars Caroline Doty and Maggie Lucas will face each other in a NCAA Women’s Basketball Sweet 16 showdown as Doty’s University of Connecticut Huskies take on Lucas’ Penn State Nittany Lions at the Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode Island.
To earn another Sweet 16 appearance, the top-seeded Huskies clobbered No. 8-seed Kansas State, 72-26, in the second round, while the fourth-seeded Nittany Lions slipped past No. 5-seed LSU, 90-80.
Doty, class of 2008, and Lucas, class of 2010, were teammates for one year at GA and remain close friends, according to Germantown Academy varsity girls’ basketball coach Sherri Retif.
“Their careers as Patriots were the stuff of legends,” Retif said.
Doty scored 1,165 career points in three years. She didn’t play her senior season due to an injury she sustained playing soccer. Lucas (profiled by Patch here) finished her career as the second leading scorer in GA history (girls and boys) with 2,198 points. Both Patriot players were Parade All-America selections and Lucas remains the only GA student-athlete ever to be selected as a McDonald's All-American. Neither girl tasted defeat at the hands of an Inter-Ac League opponent during their storied tenures.
The two friends and guards have played huge roles for their teams in this tournament thus far. Against No. 13-seed UTEP, Lucas, a sophomore and All-Big Ten First Team Selection, netted a game-high 23 points in 38 minutes on the floor helping the Lions win, 85-77. In the second round, the Narberth resident exploded for a game-high 30 points to help the Lions takedown LSU. She also had six rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Lady Tigers.
Doty, a redshirt junior, played in her first NCAA tournament game on Saturday since starting on the Huskies 2009-2010 national championship team. On Saturday, she helped the Huskies defeat No. 16-seed Prairie View, 83-47, in the opening round.
She started and in just 17 minutes of play she chipped in with four rebounds, one assist and three steals. In the second round, the Doylestown native played 25 minutes and scored four points to go along with two assists and one rebound.
Doty missed all of last season with an ACL tear, the third of her career.
“This is just such an honor for GA,” said Retif when asked about how she feels having two former players pitted against each other. “Caroline and Maggie continue to bring positive attention to Germantown Academy. Both girls are tremendous competitors. You can be certain that each will compete fiercely, but once the dust settles they will embrace in mutual admiration. The only thing I can say is go GA."