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Basketball: CHS Girls open tonight at Highland

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Basketball is a pretty simple game, when the ball goes in the basket.

Entering his 30th year as Chesterton girls basketball coach Jack Campbell knows that after watching last year’s streaky shooting team finish 13-10 and 3-4 in DAC play.

“We have to put the ball in the basket,” Campbell said. “If it doesn’t go in, it could be an ugly game.”

The Trojans return two starters in 6-3 senior center Hailey Vale and senior guard Courtney Krol.

“We have two starters back in Courtney and Hailey,” Campbell said. “Hailey averaged 10 points and nine rebounds last year. Courtney scored about eight points a game and 4-5 steals.”

The duo won’t only be relied on to score, but will key the Trojans 1-3-1 halfcourt trap defense.

“With Hailey, you’ve got a big kid by the rim as a protector. We have to keep her on the floor and out of foul trouble,” Campbell said. “Courtney is so good defensively. She’s good as an on the ball defender, but she’s even better off the ball where she can play the passing lanes.”

The Trojans starting five should also include senior guards Maddie Scott and Sarah Dzierba along with junior forward Marney Sisson.

“Sarah was one of our first kids off the bench last year. She can really shoot it,” Campbell said. “Marney is a nice presence for us in the post. Maddie didn’t get a lot of chances last year, but really had an outstanding summer.”

The Trojans will also get help from the return of senior forward Kelly Carr who missed last season to concentrate on softball, along with juniors Molly Slatcoff, Evelyn Pabon and Haley Moore.

“Kelly will sure up our post game and Evelyn is a really capable 3-point shooter,” Campbell said. “Molly led the JV in rebounding last year and is a really aggressive player. Haley is just an outstanding athlete.”

Sophomore Ashley Craycraft rounds out the varsity roster.

“Ashley has good speed and quickness,” Campbell said. “She does a lot of good things on the floor.”

The Trojans used the summer to gain valuable experience and work on pushing the ball up the floor.

“We played about 30 games this summer,” Campbell said. “We try to stay a year of experience ahead of ourselves. We want to push the ball up the floor too. Every rebound we get, we want to let Hailey (Vale) run the floor to the block and try to get an easy basket.

“We can’t start rushing shots though. If we shoot fast on a couple of possessions in a row, we’ll need to slow down and reverse the ball side-to-side.”


Posted 11/3/2017




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