Apr. 25, 2017
Prep Hoops Spotlight: Halie Flaharty
As a low-income, 29-year-old dietary aide living in Valparaiso, Indiana, this writer (yours truly) does not possess the funds to attend games for the Bulls or Pacers on a significant basis. And let's face it, "dietary aide" is really just a fancy term for "dishwasher". Admittedly, I have not attended an NBA game in two years.
Perhaps the basketball team I have given the most support over the course of the last few seasons have been my Hobart Lady Brickies, the girls varsity team at my old high school in Hobart, Indiana. I have attended 24 of their games the last four years, and it has been the impressive shooting display of 5-7 wing player Halie Flaharty (shown above) that was among the top reasons that have made my last 16 trips to Lady Brickies games over the two years meaningful.
Halie had not seen the floor for the varsity team until her junior year, but prior to her junior season of 2015-16, Hobart had hired a new coach, Chris Tomsci - formerly the head coach at Washington Township High School. And with it, came a new opportunity for Ms. Flaharty. She made her presence known in just her third game by going 3-of-4 from three point range for 13 points against Hammond Morton on 11/14/15. In the third-place game for the Hanover Central Winter Classic on Christmas Eve that year, she contributed seven points on two three-pointers in Hobart's 44-32 win over Knox.
On 1/9/16, Flaharty tallied an impressive total of eight three-pointers for a career-high 26 points in Hobart's 57-15 whitewashing of Calumet High School, which is located on the far southwest corner of Gary, Indiana. She added eight points in Hobart's 56-35 sectional loss to Crown Point on 2/5/16. Overall for her junior season, Halie connected on 42 of her 115 three-point attempts for a blistering 37 percent, earning herself All-State Honorable Mention for the state of Indiana heading into her senior year of 2016-17.
After a slow start to the season, Flaharty enjoyed her breakthrough performance against Kouts on 12/20/16 when she scored 14 points on four threes. She contributed one more three-pointer in Hobart's win over Hanover Central, the host school during the 2016 holiday tournament. In Hobart's home win over Lowell a week later, it was Halie's two early threes that allowed Hobart to coast the rest of the night. In what would prove to be her lasting impression, Flaharty scored 14 points on three three-pointers in Hobart's near-upset of Gary West Side on 1/19/16, a school that was led by Louisville commit Dana Evans.
The Lady Brickies will graduate eight players this coming June, and it is Halie Flaharty and her lethal outside shot that will likely prove to be the biggest loss of the eight.