But the 6-foot-2 sophomore more than made up for lost time. She averaged 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds a game in the 15 games she played since coming back in mid-January to help lead the Lady Golden Bears to a runner-up finish in the Class A private school state girls’ basketball playoffs.
Cassell saved her best for last with 12 points and 18 rebounds in the championship game, which Holy Innocents’ lost to Southwest Atlanta Christian 57-52 March 8.
She also had 10 points and 19 rebounds in the Lady Golden Bears’ 46-20 semifinal victory over Darlington March 3 as well as 20 points and 13 boards in their 72-51 quarterfinal win over Mount Paran Christian Feb. 26.
“We were undefeated without her,” Holy Innocents’ coach Tony Watkins said. “Whenever you re-enter a very good player like that halfway through the season, that can create issues. But, we had no problems bringing her back to the lineup. She definitely made us better. She definitely gave us a huge lift in making our run and she’s going to be even better next year.”