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Trojan Girls Hoops opens tonight

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By TR HARLAN

New faces in different places.

The Chesterton girls basketball team will need to replace about 90% of the scoring from last year’s 21-3 team as the season begins tonight against Highland and there are several candidates to do it.

“We have one starter returning in Marney Sisson, but Ashley Craycraft got a lot of minutes for us,” long-time Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “We played about 30 games this summer with the kids that are basically varsity. We have a pretty good idea of what our positives and negatives are.”

Leading the list of positives, and maybe the most important, is the effort the Trojans will bring to the floor.

“They will play hard and I think they’ll execute what we are asking them to do,” Campbell said. “They’ll certainly do the things they can do. We’ll try to control the things we can, and then, it’s just putting everything together.”

Chesterton will have to overcome a lack of size with 5-foot-10 Sisson as the tallest player on the varsity roster.

“We aren’t very big,” Campbell said. “We’ll have to play defense really well and block out on the backboards. When you aren’t big, you better be good at the other things.”

Defensively, the Trojans will still play the 1-3-1 they are known for, but will mix things up.

“We’ll mix up things defensively,” Campbell said. “I think we’ll be a pretty good man-to-man team. Most of the time it’ll be determined by who we are playing. It’s not so much what you are doing, as it is how they are handling what you are doing.”

When the Trojans take the floor for the first time tonight, Sisson and Craycraft will be joined in the lineup by seniors Haley Moore and Molly Slatcoff, along with sophomore Nalani Malackowski.

“We’ll start basically three guards and the fourth one could be,” Campbell said. “We expect that all five can play multiple positions and they played the most minutes over the summer. They are a pretty cohesive group.”

Senior Evelyn Pabon and sophomore Emma Schmidt provide the outside scoring punch off the bench.

“Evelyn and Emma are both outstanding shooters,” Campbell said.

The season-opening battle against Highland tips off with the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m.

“I just want to see us play hard and execute on the offensive and defensive end,” Campbell said. “Control what you can control and let the chips fall where they will.”

 

Posted 11/2/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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