PHOENIXVILLE - Chandler DiFebbo enjoyed a big senior year in girls basketball and field hockey at Phoenixville Area High School.
And now, having graduated to the collegiate circles, Difebbo will be continuing her education and athletic careers in basketball at nearby Gwynedd-Mercy College.
The reason I chose there is I can see myself playing on that team on the court and playing with them, said DiFebbo in a recent telephone interview. I think I can do well there. I think I can play well with their team either at shooting guard or point guard.
DiFebbo was contacted by other Division III schools like Eastern, Misericordia, Arcadia and Neumann for basketball and Shippensburg for field hockey, but she felt Gwynedd-Mercy basketball represented the best fit for her in college.
DiFebbo plans to major in radiology in order to become a technician working with X-rays and MRIs and other facets of that field.
I like helping people, said DiFebbo. I like being there for someone. I wanted to challenge myself.
DiFebbo considered playing both basketball and field hockey in college, but then she decided it would probably be too much of a workload with studies and a social life at college. In the end, basketball won out in the decision process. Phoenixville field hockey coach John Tornetta helped her make a college contact in that regard.
At Phoenixville, playing for coach Michele Dunleavy, DiFebbo played both forward and guard since she was tall enough at 5-foot-10 to play inside and handled the ball well enough to play a guard position. She also showed a knack for drilling the 3-point field goal from long range.
DiFebbo is one of five children of Ralph and Linda DiFebbo. Her two older brothers and sister have already gone through the college experience and they provided her with helpful advice in making her own decision in 2012.
My family was a big part of it, she said. They gave me a lot of advice. They told me to see where I fit in. That was where I should go. If you are not in love it, you are not going to like it. I can see myself at Gwynedd. They supported me through the whole process.
It is close to home and they can watch me play. That played a big part. My family is very close, and this will make both of my parents proud.
In 13 Pioneer Athletic Conference games, DiFebbo, an honorable mention all-league choice, averaged 10.5 points per game on a Phantom squad that had four players average in double figures with balanced scoring. DiFebbo made 50 field goals, including 17 from 3-point distance, and added 13 free throws with her ability to draw fouls while driving to the basket.
Phoenixville posted a 7-6 record in the PAC-10 with a young team that finished in second place in the Frontier Division before bowing to PAC-10 and District 1-AAAA champion Spring-Ford in the semifinal round of the Final Four playoffs.