History connects the two leading points producers in Roncalli High School girls basketball history.
While attending Roncalli High School from 1993-96, the 5-foot-9 sharpshooter then known as Sarah Hurrle would occasionally babysit Paul Corsaro, now an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Indianapolis.
It’s Corsaro’s younger sister, Lindsey, who is gaining on Hurrle’s program standard of 1,821 points.
Entering Tuesday night’s Class 4A sectional game against Perry Meridian, Lindsey Corsaro, a high-scoring 6-foot senior guard, needs only 40 points to make history while passing the one-time Rebels guard now known as Sarah Kegerreis.
A married mother of three children, Kegerreis, whose family has lived in Franklin since October 2006, is prepared to relinquish the career scoring title.
“I’ve been trying to teach my kids that other people’s success doesn’t take away from yours. And Lindsey just comes from the best family and is a phenomenal player. When I saw her play as a freshman I knew she might be the one to do it,” Kegerreis said.
“But with the quality of Roncalli’s program I thought it would have been broken a lot sooner. Twenty years I feel is a long time.”
Corsaro likely would hold the record already if not for some misfortune late in her junior season.
While driving to the basket during the second quarter of a game at Bedford North Lawrence last Jan. 24, Corsaro suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in her left knee.
She sat out the Rebels’ final four games and then had surgery on the knee in the spring; occasional lingering soreness in the same knee has forced her to miss a few games this season, as well.
Not that catching Kegerreis was one of Corsaro’s goals in the first place.
“For me it’s always been to play and be the best that I can be. I didn’t even know I was close to (the record) until a couple weeks ago,” Corsaro said.
“I always thought that if I play best and my team wins, the scoring and all that other stuff will take care of itself. I’ve always thought about playing good basketball. Making the right decision no matter what that is. I’ve never thought about my play in terms of scoring.”
Kegerreis attacked opposing defenses from the outside-in to become the second of four Roncalli players named to an Indiana All-Star Team — she was second in the Miss Basketball voting to Huntington North guard Lisa Winter in 1996.
“My game came more from a competitive and thinking side of the game. I wasn’t extremely fast. I was a workhorse. I worked on my shot and was very, very competitive,” Kegerreis said.
“Even if I thought a player was better than me, I was going to give it all I had. Looking back, I think I was always playing hard.”
Kegerreis started her college career at Butler University where she played for three seasons before transferring to Western Michigan University for her senior year.
In November, Corsaro signed a National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Kentucky.
Roncalli holds an 81-19 record with Casaro on the varsity roster. Led by Kegerreis, the Rebels captured three consecutive Indianapolis City Tournament titles and advanced all the way to single-class semistates her sophomore and junior seasons.
When Kegerreis graduated high school she was 22nd all-time in points among girls basketball players in Indiana.
Entering this season she was 67th.
Corsaro never watched Kegerreis shoot jumpers or maneuver inside in order to possibly put her free-throw shooting accuracy to work — an .815 mark that remains the school record, along with her 585 career attempts from the foul line that are still a girls state standard.
“I’ve just heard that she was a great player who could really shoot the ball,” Corsaro said of Kegerreis. “Obviously, she started a lot of records at Roncalli.”
THE CORSARO FILE
Name: Lindsey Corsaro
Family: Parents, Greg and Susie; brother, Paul, 26; sister, Casey, 22
Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite movie: “Bridesmaids”
Favorite team: Miami Heat
THE KEGERREIS FILE
Name: Sarah (Hurrle) Kegerreis
Family: Husband, Keith; sons, Luke, 11, and Drew, 10; daughter, Sammie, 8
Favorite TV show: “Scandal”
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite movie: “Olympus Has Fallen”
Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts