Katie Friedrich is a 5-foot-11 forward who averaged 10 points and seven rebounds last season when Assumption (17-14) finished strong and reached the Seventh Region Tournament basketball final before losing to eventual state champion Manual 65-43.
Friedrich and Nora Kiesler, the Rockets’ 6-6 sophomore center, went to Italy last summer and played for Team Ohio, which won all six games there. Friedrich was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She has averaged nine points in two games for the 1-1 Rockets this season.
The Courier-Journal: How did you get a concussion?
Friedrich: I got hit with an elbow between the eyes in practice. Then in a scrimmage against Anderson County, I caught an elbow in my left eye. I’m aggressive. I take charges and like to trap on defense.
What was your high game last season?
I had 23 points and hit two 3-pointers in a regular-season game against Sacred Heart. I had 14 rebounds against Brown. I like to rebound. I fouled out in the second overtime against Sacred Heart in the regional. (The Rockets won the semifinal 59-57.)
What’s been your biggest thrill in basketball?
Probably going to Italy. Coach Small knew the Team Ohio coach and they were interested in Nora (Kiesler). They needed a forward, and Coach Small recommended me. It was an opportunity of a lifetime. We got there on a Tuesday and didn’t play our first game until Saturday so we went to Venice, Milan and Lake Como.
Did you gain some confidence in your basketball ability on the trip?
Yes. We only had six players, but we had great chemistry. It was a great team to play on. When I was hot they passed me the ball.
What about the food over there?
The first night we had hamburgers. After that, we had Italian food. It was really good. I like spaghetti and at first I didn’t like the sauce on it, but after a few meals I got to like it.
What colleges are you considering?
Georgetown College and Lindsey Wilson. I want to play basketball and major in history and get a minor in sign language. I want to be a history teacher. I like learning about the past. I’m not good at Spanish or French. That’s why I have an interest in sign language.
What do you do in your spare time?
I watch “Grey’s Anatomy” on TV and I see lots of movies. There have been five parts of the “Twilight’ series and I’ve seen them all.
Coaches voted Assumption the favorite to win the region. What’s your goal for the team?
We want to go as far as we can, make it to State and go from there.
KATIE FRIEDRICH UP CLOSE
Student-athlete: Katie has a 3.75 GPA. She serves as a Big Sister to a freshman student. She is a Pure Leader, meaning she chooses to live a drug-free, alcohol-free life. Her favorite subjects this term are World History and Ceramics.
Family: Katie lives with her parents, Michelle and Joe Friedrich, brother Joey, a freshman at Trinity, and sister Hallie, a sixth-grader at St. Gabriel.
Coach Steve Small: “Katie is one of the key components of our team, being a senior. She’s the one who takes charges, rebounds and is a leader. She’s off to a slow start because she suffered two concussions.”
— Bob White