An unusual thing happened when Dori Anderson-Oldaker
joined the girls' basketball program at Mt. Lebanon as head coach last season.The Blue Devils and Anderson-Oldaker
were not in the WPIAL playoffs, a rarity for both.
Mt. Lebanon posted a 10-10 record in Anderson-Oldaker's first season and finished in fourth place in section play, missing the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.
Like Mt. Lebanon, Anderson-Oldaker
was not used to missing the playoffs.She
led Blackhawk to two WPIAL and two PIAA Class AAA championships in her
four-year tenure as head coach ending in 2002, where she
compiled a 105-18 record.Anderson-Oldaker
was also in the playoffs every season as an assistant for seven years at Blackhawk
When hired as Lebo head coach last season, she
was expected to lead the program back to the prominence it enjoyed when the Blue Devils won at least 23 games for five straight seasons through 2001-02.It may have taken an extra season, but Anderson-Oldaker
has Mt. Lebanon back on track.The Blue Devils have an 8-0 record going into tonight's first-round game of the Mt. Lebanon holiday tournament against Carlynton.
"Last season was a transition year and it took a year for everyone to understand the system and understand what we're trying to accomplish," Anderson-Oldaker
"They've all been through the tough times and they're ready to take it a step further," Anderson-Oldaker
"Christine hit some crucial 3s for us," Anderson-Oldaker
"I think we were able to get over the hump because of our experience," Anderson-Oldaker
does not mind the oversight.
"We're happy where we are right now," Anderson-Oldaker
said."There are a lot of quality teams in the WPIAL and a lot of parity."
Mt. Lebanon resumes section play with a home game Monday against Ringgold.The Blue Devils play Jan. 6 at Bethel Park (10-0, 4-0), the defending section champion ranked second in the WPIAL.
"We don't look ahead," Anderson-Oldaker
said."We're just trying to get better every day with every game and every practice."
Mt. Lebanon became a team to watch when it won the demanding Moon tournament Dec. 9, less than a week after claiming the Blackhawk
"We played well in those first four games," Anderson-Oldaker