Published: February 14, 2013
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Three Riverside graduates are helping resurrect the Penn State Worthington Scranton Women's basketball program. Jess Segilia, Danielle Segilia and Kayla Cavanaugh are three of five starters on the Penn State Scranton women's basketball team making their mark.
'We wouldn't be where we are today without Riverside's help," said Penn State Worthington Scranton women's head basketball coach Tom McIntyre. "They are three of the five starters and make up over half our productivity."
The former Lady Vikes have helped the Penn State team achieve a 10-6 overall record, 7-5 conference record and had a three game winning streak after an overtime win against Penn State Mont Alto. The 60-55 win was an example of just how much the Riverside graduates mean to the program.
Jess Segilia scored a game high of 22 points and both Cavanaugh and Danielle Segilia scored critical baskets in the overtime period, giving Penn State Scranton another huge win.
The win was important to the program because it is the first time in about 10 years the women's basketball team has had double-digit wins in a season.
"It is indescribable. It is awesome," said Danielle Segilia of having ten win already this season.
Jess Segilia, a junior, and Danielle Segilia, a freshman, are sisters, who also played basketball together at Riverside High School. Jess also coached her sister at Riverside, where she still works as a junior varsity head coach and works with the varsity team as an assistant.
The two sisters get along just fine on the court, although it might not always appear that way during the game.
"Your sister is your best friend and that is the truth. When we are in the game people think we are fighting, but we are just talking," Jess Segilia said the on court relationship with her sister. "She listens and she knows the game, too. She helps me on the junior high level. She coaches with me at AAU, she is my assistant. We know where each other is going to be and we have great chemistry."
Cavanaugh, a sophomore, is a like a sister to the Segilias. All three girls go to games and practices together and Cavanaugh spends a lot of time at the Segilia residence.
"We all know where each other is going to be," Cavanaugh said of the how the three play together on the court.
This isn't the first experience coach McIntyre has on the basketball court with the Segilia sisters he now coaches.
"I used to coach seventh-and-eighth grade girls' basketball at Old Forge," McIntyre said. "Not only did I coach against Jess and Danielle in grade school, but now I coach them here. She (Jess Segilia) is a great player and they all are, they talk and they make it fun. We are going up against teams that have 10 or 12 players on a weekly basis and we are winning. I will put my girls up against anyone in this league."
All three Riverside graduates are proud of the program they came from and feel their high school experience was very beneficial to the college success they are achieving now.
"I help coach (Jack) Mekilo as much as I can," Jess Segilia said. "He is always there for me and he has taught me everything I know."