INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published March 06, 2013, 10:30 PM

Central Cass features one big reason they could make it to state

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - The Central Cass girls basketball team is 18-2 and will be the top seed for the Region One tournament starting Monday. A big reason for the Squirrels success is that they have a player different from anyone else in the state of North Dakota.

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - The Central Cass girls basketball team is 18-2 and will be the top seed for the Region One tournament starting Monday. A big reason for the Squirrels success is that they have a player different from anyone else in the state of North Dakota.

It's hard for Faith Dooley to not stand out in a crowd. At 6-foot-3, the Central Cass junior is one of the tallest female prep players in the state. Dooley has already nearly doubled the school single season blocks record.

Faith Dooley, Central Cass Jr. Post: “It gets me going, the adrenaline, when I block a shot.”

In high school basketball, a 6-3 female is comparable to a 6-10 male. But it's not just about height with Dooley. She brings athleticism, strength and coordination to the court rare for a player her size. So much so, she's become the Squirrels defensive stopper, routinely holding the opponents best player to well below her season scoring average.

Hannah Breske, Central Cass Sr. Guard: “Yes, she gets into players' heads. They get frustrated. She just shuts 'em down.”

Perry Piatz, Kindred Girls Coach: “When they played us, she guarded Kellie Schmit, one of the most athletic players in the state, and she stayed right with her; on the perimeter, inside. It's been a long time since I've seen someone that tall, 6-3, that is that strong, athletic, and agile.”

It's no secret Dooley's favorite sport is volleyball, she's verballed to UND, but her improvement this season, she's already tallied two triple doubles, has pushed basketball more to the forefront than ever.

Dooley: “It's kind of getting up there with volleyball.”

Ryan Mears, Central Cass Head Coach: “Faith's come a long way for us. She's improved so much.”

Piatz: “I think she's one of the most improved players in the region and I'd say even the entire state.”

State is exactly where the Squirrels will end up if Dooley continues playing the way she had.

Tags: