BY JEFF FALK
Chelsea Ebersole and Stevie Fortna are BFFs. Basketball Friends Forever.
Ebersole, a 2012 graduate of Palmyra High School, and Fortna, a 2012 graduate of Lebanon Catholic High School, are roommates at Alvernia College in Reading, freshmen guards on the college’s women’s basketball team and are quickly becoming close friends. But it hasn’t always been that way.
While enjoying parallel scholastic careers at Palmyra and Lebanon Catholic, respectively, Ebersole and Fortna weren’t necessarily friends, before each matriculated to Alvernia. But recently, during Alvernia’s Christmas break, Ebersole and Fortna attended a Lebanon Catholic boys’ basketball game together, with Ebersole donning a Lebanon Catholic basketball ‘hoodie’.
But not only are Fortna and Ebersole freshman guards for the Crusaders, they’re also both starters and the Division Three team’s leading scorers.
Through seven games, Fortna, a 5-5 point guard, has averaged 13.7 points per outing and also leads the club in steals. Ebersole, a 5-5 shooting guard, has averaged 13.3 points per game and leads Alvernia in three-pointers made.
Currently, Alvernia is 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Commonwealth Conference.
Last season as a senior at Lebanon Catholic, Fortna led the Beavers to the District Three Class A championship. During her senior campaign at Palmyra, Ebersole helped the Cougars to a third-place finish in the District Three Class AAA tournament.