PC girls' basketball seeks third Inter-Ac League title

by Tom Utescher
Posted 12/6/23

The two-time girls' basketball champion in the Inter-Ac League has a good deal of returning talent, but suffered some graduation losses.

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PC girls' basketball seeks third Inter-Ac League title


Penn Charter, the two-time girls' basketball champion in the Inter-Ac League, has a good deal of returning talent for the 2023-24 season, but at the same time, the Quakers suffered some graduation losses which are not insignificant.

Aleah Snead, a 5'11" guard, has moved on to St. Joseph's University, while six-foot forward Bella Toomey is now playing for Fairleigh Dickinson. Both were four-year varsity players for PC. A third starter from last season, Gracie Shoup, has joined the lacrosse program at Ohio State.

The two returning starters are quick young guards with polished skills. Junior Kaylinn Bethea became a starter as a freshman two years ago, and last year Ryan Carter arrived at Penn Charter as an eighth-grader and immediately earned a starting spot.

In one of the Quakers' first scrimmages this season, the three other starters were senior Ashlie Johnson and sophomores Liv Vieira and Marleigh Jackson. Vieira, a guard, first made the PC varsity roster as an eighth-grader.

Ava Egan is the only other senior on the varsity roster besides Johnson, and sophomore Molly Dougherty played with the first team last year as a freshman.

With a total of only 15 players overall on the upper school teams, a number of athletes will be splitting time between varsity and JV games.

Natalia Modzelewski, a guard, saw varsity minutes as a ninth-grader last winter.

The Quakers' overall roster also includes juniors Ava DiBenedetto, Chloe Fry, and Lauren Gedraitis, and freshmen Mia DiBenedetto, Logan Lloyd, Laila Sharp, and Katie Shoup.

Head Coach Joe Maguire returns for his ninth season with last year's coaching staff intact.