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