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Trojan Girls open basketball season tonight

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There will be a lot of familiar faces on the court tonight when the Chesterton girls basketball team opens the 2016-17 season against Highland.

“We only graduated one senior and have the majority of everything back, we expect to have a good season,” Chesterton coach Jack Campbell said. “That being said, our conference and schedule are very challenging.”

That challenge starts tonight as Highland brings in one of the area’s top scorers to town beginning with the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m.

“We’ll play several different things,” Campbell said of his team’s defensive philosophy. “It depends on what the other teams count on. We’ll try to take away what they want to do.”

Offensively, the Trojans return leading scorer Shannon McCoy. McCoy averaged just over 16 points per game last season.

“She’ll be our focal point and the focal point of everybody else this year,” Campbell said. “Shannon is a much better offensive rebounder than people know about. She’s deceptively quick and just has a knack of getting where the ball is.

“We’ll have a lot of options and combinations we can play on offense. It depends on what we can take advantage of.”

One of those things is the continued improvement of 6-foot-2 junior Hailey Vale (6 points per game) in the paint.

“Hailey is so much better than she was last year,” Campbell said. “She’s such an outstanding rebounder and has developed a little bit of a perimeter game to go along with her post game. Hailey had a really nice summer defensively with her size and length.

“She changed a lot of shots and did a much better job of staying out of foul trouble.”

Chesterton’s second leading scorer last year was Chelsea Jackson (9 points per game) who returns for her senior campaign.

“We’ve tried to expand her game a little more with her ability to kick the ball out or dump it into the post player,” Campbell said. “Sometimes we have a tendency to go too far, and if they don’t call the foul, it might as well be a turnover.”

Junior Courtney Krol and senior Jenna Tarnowski will take care of a lot of the ball-handling duties. Tarnowski led the Trojans in assists last year (5 per game).

“We had a lot of kids get experience last year,” Campbell said. “Courtney really had a great summer. Jenna’s battling some injuries right now, but fits in nicely as a point guard.”

Helping out on the perimeter will be junior Maddie Scott, junior Jenna Wadding, senior Brittany Privett and junior Sarah Dzierba.

“We had a good summer,” Campbell said. “We had several kids that have really improved from the end of last season to the beginning of this year. We’ll try to push the ball when it’s there. If not, we’ll set up and run something.

“Right now, I just want us to do a better job of running the floor and pitching the ball ahead.”

Help in the paint will come from junior Annika Babcock, senior Sydney Sisson and sophomore Marney Sisson.

“We’ve got four post players inside in Hailey, Sydney, Annika and Marney,” Campbell said. “Some of them can step out on the floor and hit shots when the match-up dictates it.”



Posted 11/4/2016




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