Danbury High point guard Rachel Gartner -- who, along with twin sister Rebecca, forms the program's dynamic backcourt duo -- has landed a full athletic scholarship to Boston College, the Danbury Board of Education announced in a release Thursday.
Gartner, a rising senior and three-year starter who last year took co-MVP honors, with Rebecca, when the Hatters repeated as FCIAC champions, was offered in July and accepted almost immediately, the release said.
Coach Jackie DiNardo also features the Gartner twins on her successful AAU program. In DiNardo's 30 years of coaching, Gartner's work ethic is unmatched.
"She has a natural ability, but took it to a higher level," DiNardo said in the release. "While other kids are at the movies or at the mall, Rachel was in the gym, playing hard and getting better. She's also very bright and she knows what it takes to be successful."
As a junior in 2012-13, Gartner led the Hatters in scoring (12.8 points per game), assists (4.0) and steals (4.0) and ranked third on the team in rebounding (3.4), according to MaxPreps.com. She shot a team-high 81 percent from the free-throw line and 38 percent from the field. She narrowly edged out Rebecca from long-range, connecting on one more 3-point shot (29) in the same number of attempts (96).
Also a standout in the classroom, Gartner is eager to make the leap to the Division I ranks, but not before capping her career at Danbury High with another long postseason run.
"I am looking forward to helping teammates get better this year, and for our team to do even better than last year. Every year is a challenge, but that's what makes it fun." she said. "I am also looking forward to playing basketball and making friends on the team at Boston College. I cannot wait to improve my game both mentally and physically. I am very excited, and a little nervous because of the huge transition from high school to college. I will definitely learn a lot because I will be playing against some of the top basketball players in the country."