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
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
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.”
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.”
Craycraft rounds out the varsity roster.
“Ashley has good
speed and quickness,” Campbell said. “She does a lot of good things on the
The Trojans used
the summer to gain valuable experience and work on pushing the ball up the
“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.”