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Cedar Cliff’s Maddie Sitler averaged 6.3 points per game last year for the Colts.

Sentinel file

Extreme balance on the Cedar Cliff girls' basketball team meant no double-digit scoring averages on last year's PIAA qualifier.

But it certainly doesn't mean a lack of attention from college coaches.

A few days after Tehya Hosey signed a national letter of intent to continue her academic and basketball careers at Division II Bloomsburg University, teammate and fellow senior Maddie Sitler announced her commitment to Division III Pitt-Greensburg.

Scott Weyant's Colts (20-8 last year) reached the District 3 Class 6A quarterfinals and PIAA second round without a double-digit scorer, though five girls averaged 5-plus points per game, including the 5-foot-10 forward Sitler (6.3).

She picked the Bobcats of Pitt-Greensburg over interest from Elizabethtown, Penn College and Alvernia, suggesting a visit to campus and meeting first-year head coach Hayley Schaetzle pushed the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference school into the lead.

"Coach Schaetzel really wanted me for my size and my ability to get up and down the court as a post," Sitler told The Sentinel. "She likes my aggressiveness on the offensive and defensive rebounds, my ability to finish inside the paint, and my court awareness. I can't wait to meet the rest of the team and the other recruits and start my new journey up in Greensburg."

Sitler will study secondary education with a focus in math, another reason she liked her visit to Pitt-Greensburg.

She'll also explore softball as a possibility, having joined the Colts' PIAA runner-up team before last season and impressing with her power and average as a designated hitter.

"For a while I thought my love for the game was gonna end at the end of this season, but not anymore," she said of basketball, where the Colts graduated only one senior from last year's team.

"I can't wait to see where the next level takes me."

Joining the Bobcats, who went 9-16 last year, also gives her a chance to play right away, which was another reason she connected with the program.

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