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WOMEN'S HOOPS LANDS NEIGHBORING TALENT

Women's basketball coach Amy Strong punctuated Trinity's transition into a perimeter-oriented team when she inked Richards High School senior Sarah Lerner to a national letter of intent April 26. Lerner, a 5-foot-8-inch guard/forward, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points per game.

"We are excited to have Sarah join us," Strong said. "The players on our team are looking forward to her arrival next year, and we think she's going to be a solid contributor to our success on the court. She is a steady player who will fit nicely into our system."

Lerner received all-conference honors after guiding the Bulldogs to an 18-7 record in her final high school season. Coach Jeff Kortz relied on the versatile wing player to carry the offensive load and looked to her for leadership and stability. He called Lerner "one of the best to come out of Richards," and he believes the two-time team MVP possesses the talent and work ethic to compete at the collegiate level.

"Sarah's a scorer," Kortz said. "Whenever we needed a bucket, we got the ball to her. Whether it's from the outside, in the lane, or driving to the basket, she can put the ball in the basket. Every team can use a player like that."

Lerner intends to play softball for the Trolls as well. Citing her love for sports and athletics, the honor roll student plans to major in exercise science. She was not sold on attending a big school and chose to pursue her degree at an institution that is a short drive from her home in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

"I was impressed by everything about Trinity," said Lerner. "I liked the small campus, their academics are strong, and it's close to home. I'm looking forward to helping the team win. I know the college game will be quicker, more physical, and more intense, but I'm willing to do whatever I can."



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