Home-made players lead Lady Norse

As the saying goes, sometimes the best things are in your own backyard.

And in Angela Healy’s case, she grew up in Northern Kentucky University’s backyard while attending Highlands just down I-471. In her senior season, Healy is securing the possibility of becoming a Division II All-American.

Not only is she a consummate center and arguably the best all-around player on the team, Healy has averaged a double-double so far, netting 15 points and almost 11 rebounds a game. And Healy, unlike some players who play on the low block, is a virtual lock at the free-throw line.

There’s no need to take her out on offensive possessions late in close games. In fact, she’s shooting free throws close to a 90 percent-clip.

Not to be left out is senior point guard Nicole Chiodi. She has been an integral, if not the most important, reason for the Lady Norse’s resurgence after they struggled out of the gate in the 2006-07 campaign.

Chiodi, like Healy, is a Campbell County native and has been among the most versatile players on the floor for Northern this year, as well as in years past.

Chiodi also helps the Lady Norse carry the Top-fifteen ranking. Despite being the starting point guard, Chiodi is second on the team in rebounding at 6.4 per contest, trailing only Healy for the team lead.

Even running the point position, she has either led or tied the team in rebounding in four games. She also leads the team with 55 assists.

Her fast-paced style of play has led to a few turnovers this season, but her aggressiveness on defense has led to 27 steals, another team high.

Chiodi has a knack of finding the open player, especially in transition.

Stronger start an even better finish?

The Norse limped to a 1-4 conference start last year. However, they righted the ship just in time and still managed to qualify for the NCAA Division II Tournament before bowing out in the second round.

Much like last year, this year’s team seems to have good chemistry and certainly has the senior leadership to make a much deeper run in the tournament, than in 2007.

With a balanced scoring attack (five players average between eight and 15 points per game) and solid all-around team rebounding, the Norse have what it takes to win the GLVC and get a solid seeding in the Division II Tournament in March.

And the two key components grew up right down the road.