Not long from now Meghan Huerter and Olivia Olsen will be playing side by side at Providence College. Both girls competed on Monday night in the first round of the unusual Suburban Council Championship Tournament.
Meghan Huerter and the 1 seeded Shenendehowa girls basketball team defeated the Bethlehem Eagles to move to the semi-finals and host the 4 seed Albany on Wednesday night. Albany was able to defeat Olivia Olsen and the 5 seed Niskayuna girls basketball team Monday night.
The future teammates won’t get the chance to compete in the semi-finals but make no mistake these two will have plenty of more opportunities to compete with and against each other starting next year for coach Jim Crowley and the Friars.
“We make each other better on both sides of the floor,” said Olsen. Both Olsen and Huerter noted the great chemistry they share on and off the floor, and credit that to their friendship and the four years they have played AAU together on Albany City Rocks.
Their Albany City Rocks AAU team’s season is not expected due to COVID-19. However, they hold optimism that they will have the opportunity to work out and practice with their team.
Olsen and Huerter joined The Section 2 Show last Friday to speak about their recruiting process and what led them to their commitment to Providence College. Episode 3, “The Rivaled Allies” is available on our website and all platforms.
Athletes recruiting processes all across the country have been significantly affected by COVID-19. Huerter and Olsen did not have any official visits to Providence because of COVID but they both stated that Providence looked like home since they first visited in freshman year. “The biggest thing is they didn’t just recruit us as players, they recruited us as people,” said Huerter.
As Olsen’s high school basketball career comes to a close, she accomplished a great amount. In her junior year, Olsen averaged a triple-double; 27 PPG, 15 REB, and 10 blocks. A two-time News Channel 13 All-Star and she’s just the third basketball player through Niskayuna ever to score 1,000 points.
One of the biggest threats Olsen’s game provides is her defensive ability. 10 blocks a game is extraordinary. Olsen’s length and jumping along with her natural abilities allow her to have an elite defensive presence in the paint. “I really wanted to focus on taking my natural abilities to the next level,” said Olsen.
Huerter was recently selected as a McDonald’s All-American nominee and as second-team all-state after her junior year. When asked about her nationally known nomination she replied, “It was very humbling. I didn’t know I was getting nominated until that day. I was totally caught off guard.”
Huerter looks to finish her high school career off on a championship note, something the Shenendehowa girls basketball team has accomplished the past two years in Section 2. “I’m super competitive I want to win at the end of the day I don’t really care who’s on the other side of the floor I just want to have my team do what we do and win championships,” said Huerter.
If Shenendehowa is able to advance past the Albany girls basketball team on Wednesday night, they will host a championship at Shenendehowa on Friday night.
Although Olsen and Niskayuna didn’t get the results they were hoping for, Huerter noted there won’t be much bragging going on at Providence. A new mission for the two will be established next year, and you can assume that chemistry between these two won’t be a problem.