Known as Katie Roche, she is the second of four daughters of Tom and Gail. Kelly, Katie, Kerry and Kristie were student-athletes at Steinert in the 1990s.

"We played softball and soccer when we were little," Roche-Marland said. "Softball was the first (sport) to go. By the time I got to high school, it was just basketball."

Katie was more than just a basketball player, however. When she graduated, she ranked No. 2 on the school’s all-time scoring list for girls’ basketball players with 1,158 points.

As a senior, she earned all-star acclaim as she directed Steinert to a 22-4 record, which at the time was a school record. A 5-foot-10-inch forward, Roche took her game to a higher level as a senior scoring 407 points for a 15.6 per-game average. The improvement was vast as Roche upped her average from junior to senior year by 5.5 points per game.

It was a grand senior year as she served as a captain and led the Spartans to the CVC Colonial Division title and a berth in the NJSIAA Group III Central final. On the way to leading Steinert to its third consecutive Mercer County Tournament crown, she scored her 1,000th point in the championship game.

The points – and there were many of them -- were valuable but not what she remembers the most.

"My 1,000 points are a big thing but it’s not the most important thing or even the most fun thing," she said. "I loved when we were the underdog, not expected to win. With no pressure to win, those were the most fun games."

She does have warm memories of her time spent wearing the Green & White.

"I met a lot of wonderful people playing sports at Steinert High School," Roche-Marland said. "Not only did my teammates make the games and practices a ton of fun, but I also got to know many of the opposing players over the years which made the 'friendly competition' that much more exciting. The coaches were great as well; they lovingly pushed us to do our best and made us better players. I definitely miss my time at SHS."

Note: In the photo above, Jim Giglio accepts the induction into the SHS Athletic Hall of Fame for Katie Roche Marland.