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Irvington Alum Tops NCAA Women's Basketball In Rebounding

Irvington High School graduate Lexi Martins, who is a forward on the women’s basketball team at Lehigh University, is leading the NCAA rankings in rebounds among other Division I athletes nationwide.
Irvington High School graduate Lexi Martins, who is a forward on the women’s basketball team at Lehigh University, is leading the NCAA rankings in rebounds among other Division I athletes nationwide. Photo Credit: Irvington Union Free School District

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington High School graduate Lexi Martins, who is a forward on the women’s basketball team at Lehigh University, is leading the NCAA rankings in rebounds among other Division I athletes nationwide.

“Lexi is obviously a good athlete, but this shows that her game is a combination of instinct, intelligence and effort,” said Gina Maher, Martins' former basketball coach at Irvington High School. “Her work ethic is incredible, and that makes her an outstanding athlete.” Martins was an all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Irvington High before graduating in 2013. She was named New York State Class B Player of the Year and Section MVP three times while leading the Bulldogs to a 105-6 overall record during her four years. In addition, she guided Irvington to four state championships and three federation championships.

Besides being an outstanding athlete, Martins excelled in the classroom and earned the distinction of New York State Scholar/Athlete in all four years of high school. She was an honor student and named a USA Today All-American and runner-up for Miss Basketball in New York State during her senior year.

“Lexi is a product of excellence in the classroom and in the athletic arena,” Maher said. “Rebounding is more than talent; it takes great drive and reflects a commitment to the team concept.”

Now a college junior, Martins continues to excel on the basketball court. She said she chose to attend Lehigh University for the opportunity to play competitive basketball and receive a high-quality education.

“The coaches and girls on the team made me feel welcomed from the moment I stepped onto campus,” she wrote on her college athlete biography page. Martins, who wears the No. 12 jersey, was also a leading scorer and rebounder her sophomore year when she was named All-Patriot League, Academic All-Patriot League and earned a spot on the All-Patriot League Tournament team, which ranked 18th in the nation.

For more information on Lexi Martins and her college basketball career, click here.

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