Brooklyn Heights, NY -- Head Women's Basketball Coach John Thurston announced that 5'8” guard Leah Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg, Ohio) signed a national letter of intent to play for St. Francis (NY) next season.
“We are really thrilled that Leah will be joining our program next year,” said Terriers' head coach John Thurston. I have been really impressed with not only her skills, but with her toughness in watching her the past two years at Twinsburg. She always seems to come up big in tough games. Having played on back-to-back State Championship teams and being on nationally ranked teams has given her great experience coming in. She is my kind of player, aggressive, can defend and score. The bottom line is that Leah will do what it takes to win.”
Fechko, who helped lead the Tigers to consecutive OHSAA Division I Girls state basketball title runs, averaged 13 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 turnovers as a senior while playing three positions.
"St. Francis is about an eight-hour drive from my home but I really like the location and the campus, and it's going to be cool playing with (former Twinsburg teammate) Katie Fox again.''
She scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting and added 10 rebounds against Stow-Munroe Falls on February 8th and added 18 points against Midpark in the state semifinals on March 6th. She also handed out a season-high nine assists Boardman on February 22nd.
In the third game of the season, Fechko hit a free throw with 0.2 remaining to beat eventual Suburban League champion Wadsworth 48-47. At Classic in the Country, she popped in 15 points to lead Twinsburg's to a 55-42 win over Mason.
As a sophomore, Fechko fired in 20 points against Garfield Heights in a sectional final.
"Leah was our 'glue player' because she did so many things that make our team better," Tigers' coach Julie Solis said. "It's easy to tell when she's not on the court because things tend to get bogged down and not run nearly as smoothly."