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Former Falcon hoop stars elevating their game

3/6/2012
In a collegiate season of amazing numbers for former Peddie girls' basketball stars, Alex Smith '10 (Holy Cross), Lexie Gerson '09 (Virginia) and Haley Peters '10 (Duke) have been lighting up the scoreboard and shutting down opponents in impressive fashion.

In a collegiate season of amazing numbers for former Peddie girls' basketball stars, Alex Smith '10 (Holy Cross), Lexie Gerson '09 (Virginia) and Haley Peters '10 (Duke) have been lighting up the scoreboard and shutting down opponents in impressive fashion.

Smith, a sophomore playmaker for the Crusaders, earned first team All-Patriot League after being named to the All-Rookie squad last season. In a 67-52 win over No. 1 seed American in the 2012 Patriot League Tournament semifinals, Smith dished out seven assists as Holy Cross moves on to the championship round on Saturday against reigning champion Navy. Her numbers are impressive, as she has led the team in scoring in 11 games, putting up an average of 12.4 points per game. Highlighting her scoring efforts was a 26-point outburst versus Army on Jan. 25, reaching new heights as she sank a career-best nine field goals, including five from behind the arc. Smith topped out in the assists category against Harvard, collecting 11 to notch a career-high and record her first-ever double-double. She has 177 total assists on the season, which puts herin a tie for fifth on the Holy Cross single-season records list.

A three-point sniper, Smith has hit multiple three-pointers in 24 of the 31 contests and buried a season-high of five 3-pointers in one game four times so far (vs. Northeastern, Boston College, Morgan State and Army).  She finished the season with 82 three-pointers made, ranking second-highest in the Holy Cross single-season records. In her career, Smith has recorded 700 points, 158 three-pointers, 209 rebounds and 273 assists.

Gerson, a junior guard for the Caveliers, was named to the five-player Atlantic Coast Conference All-Defensive team. It is the first All-ACC honor of Gerson's career. She ranks second in the conference and 16th in the nation in steals per game (3.1). She has posted at least four steals in 15 games this season to help the Cavaliers lead the ACC and rank 24th in the nation in scoring defense (53.3 points per game). Virginia has tied a single-season program-best by limiting 22 opponents to fewer than 60 points in 2011-12.

Gerson has started 20 of the Cavaliers' 32 games and adds 8.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. She has a team-high 100 steals.

In a 70-58 quarterfinal loss to Maryland in the  ACC Tournament, Gerson made 7 of 15 shots en route to a 16-point effort while notching three steals in 35 minutes of action. Virginia, the No. 6 seed at the tournament, now has an overall record of 22-10.

The ACC released the 2012 All-ACC women’s basketball team on Feb. 27 with Peddie Falcon All-American Peters earning third team honors. The accolades are voted on by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.

Peters is averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals on the year and has drained 50.4 percent of her field goals, which ranks seventh in the ACC. The 6-3 forward also ranks 25th in the league in scoring (10.6). 

During ACC action, Peters has some of her best contests highlighted by a career-high 21 points at eighth-ranked Maryland, 18 points at Florida State, 16 points at Boston College and 12 points against fifth-ranked Miami. She totaled her first career double-double against Wake Forest with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Peters has hit a career-high 15 three-pointers on the season for a 40.5 percentage.

On the Peddie recordboard, Peters ranks second all-time with 1,551 points, Gerson eighth with 1,011.