SOUTH BEND -- Melissa Lechlitner
has added a final touch to her
impressive high school hoops resume.
And it's a truly fitting honor for the St. Joseph's star.Lechlitner
who will play at Notre Dame
, was named Saturday to the Indiana All-Star team.
"I'm really excited," said Lechlitner
in a phone interview Friday night.
, a force from
day one of her
freshman year, led St. Joe to an 88-16 record the past four seasons with a Class 3-A state title in 2005 and a runner-up finish in 2003.She
career atop the school record charts in scoring (1,701), assists (621) and steals (351) and ranks second in 3-pointers (107)."To say we're very proud of Melissa doesn't even touch the surface of it," said St. Joe coach Mike Megyese.
turned in a stellar senior season.The Northern Indiana Conference MVP averaged 21.4 points, 6.8 assists and 3.6 steals per game as the Indians went 22-3, losing 56-49 to eventual state champion Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in the semistate.She
then finished second to Purdue-bound center Amber Harris of North Central in the recent voting for Miss Basketball.Harris, who led North Central to Class 4-A state titles in 2004 and 2005, garnered 60 votes for Miss Basketball, while Lechlitner
had 37 and Ashley Barlow of Pike (another Notre Dame recruit) was third with 27.
"It was an honor to be second for Miss Basketball," Lechlitner
said."It was disappointing in a way, but not heartbreaking." The Indiana All-Stars
will face Kentucky June 17 at Western Kentucky and June 24 at Conseco Fieldhouse
is sure to get plenty of playing time the Hoosier squad, which is also scheduled to play exhibition games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars on June 14, 20 and 22.
"I just want to go in there and give my full effort to the All-Star
team," said Lechlitner
."I want to make sure everyone plays hard and we get two wins."Lechlitner
becomes the third St. Joe player to be an Indiana All-Star
, Harris, Barlow and Reed as All-Stars named Saturday by the Indianapolis Star were Melanie Thornton of Carmel, Susan Lester of Pendleton Heights, Dee Dee Jernigan of East Chicago, FahKara Malone of Evansville Memorial, Audrey McDonald of Kokomo, Maria Olsthoorn of Castle, Chanell Ridley of Fort Wayne Concordia and Amanda Stull of Rushville.
...St. Joseph's guard Melissa Lechlitner has been named an Indiana All-Star.