The Lewis-Clark State women’s basketball team and head coach Brian Orr have added a fourth player to its 2013 recruiting class, 5-foot-7 guard Brooke Litalien from Post Falls High School.
Litalien joins Natahnee Spencer (Lapwai), Megan Risinger (Tigard, Ore.) and Caelyn Orlandi (Coeur d’Alene) as prep stars headed to Lewiston for the 2013-14 season.
“We are extremely excited that Brooke has chosen to continue her academic and athletic career at L-C State. She’s a highly competitive individual who can impact the game on both ends of the floor. We like her court presence as a point guard and she also has the ability to extend defenses with the long ball. With Brooke, we have also added another player to our roster that possesses the speed and quickness to extend our own defense,” Orr said.
Litalien helped the Trojans to the Idaho Class 5A state championship in her senior campaign, with the 46-44 victory over Orlandi and Coeur d’Alene culminating a 24-1 season under coach Marc Allert.
Litalien was named to the 5A All-North Idaho team, and was a second team pick for All-State and All-State tournament as Post Falls won league and regional championships en route to its best record in school history.
After the season, Litalien was named the Most Valuable Player in the East-West All-Star Game, playing alongside future LCSC teammate Orlandi.
Litalien played her AAU ball with the Spokane Stars Blue.
In addition to being a four-year varsity letter winner at Post Falls, Litalien earned three letters as the libero on the Trojan volleyball team, helping the program to three top-five state tournament finishes. She leaves Post Falls as the program’s all-time leader in digs.
She also was the shortstop on the state and regional champion softball team as a freshman.
Off the court, Litalien carried a 3.95 grade-point average into her final months as a high school student, and is the junior/senior representative to Post Falls’ student council. She was an Idaho Top Scholar as a sophomore, junior and senior and is planning to major in Biology at Lewis-Clark State.
She is the daughter of Tom and Linda Litalien and has two brothers, Brian and Brandon. In her spare time, she enjoys baking desserts and scrapbooking.
“Over the last several years Brooke has excelled while playing a highly competitive AAU schedule and her high school league has been filled with college players. With that kind of experience we feel Brooke is going to make an immediate impact as a freshman,” Orr said.