The Chesterton girls basketball team was ravaged by injuries last season and
the bug has already hit this year as the Trojans open the season tonight at
Junior Hayley Sekula has been lost for the beginning of the season after a
knee injury sustained in Chesterton’s scrimmage against Lowell on Tuesday.
“If we can stay healthy, that’ll help,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said.
“We missed several kids for different parts of the season and that gave some
other kids a chance to get some playing time. Hopefully, with everybody
back, that will pay off this year.”
Even without Sekula, the Trojans aren’t short on experience with four
seniors who have been multi-year letterwinners on the squad.
“We have nine kids back from last year’s ball club and four seniors,”
Campbell said. “We have high expectations and good kids. We had a solid
summer and good team chemistry, so hopefully that’ll translate into more
Caroline Puntillo led the team with 17 points per game and five rebounds per
contest last year.
“Caroline is a big part of what we do,” Campbell said. “She scores. She can
rebound. She defends. She’s gotten a lot better in every aspect of the
Joining Puntillo in the starting lineup will be classmates Jocelyn Lipscomb,
Sarah Richards and Kelsey Conway.
“The one thing you can’t control is if the ball goes in the basket,”
Campbell said. “We’ve talked about controlling the things you can control.
Will you block out, screen and move without the ball? Those are things that
are critical to winning games.”
The fifth starter will depend on match-ups each night.
“The fifth starter could be anybody depending on the match-ups,” Campbell
said. “Starting is just starting. This summer we rotated kids in five at a
time and we’ll do that some. We have nine or 10 kids that we think we can
put on the floor and be productive.”
Inside the Trojans will look at the duo of juniors Natalie Petro and Lauren
“We don’t have much size, but I think we’ve got a lot of heart,” Campbell
said. “Hopefully, that’ll take care of some of the lack of height. The ball
has to get inside at some point whether it’s dribbled or passed in there. If
you just rely on jump shots, it’s going to be a long season.”
The Trojan roster will also include juniors McKenzie Sullivan, Kassidy
Scott, Hailee Norton, Kayla Malackowski and Jordan Wadding.
“When you don’t have a lot of size, you have to do different things
defensively,” Campbell said. “When you play against teams with good size, it
can’t be a half-court game or we’re in trouble. We’ll have to get up and
down the court a little bit more.”
The Chesterton schedule will be different for the first time in a long time
as the Duneland Athletic Conference has dropped its double round robin
“Without the double round robin now, we look forward to playing some new
teams,” Campbell said. “Playing somebody three times a year really affects
not only your win total, but the things you can do. Everybody knows just
about everything that everybody does.”