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Girls basketball: GLAC & Others outlooks

Updated: December 6, 2012 6:08AM



Clark

Coach: Tony Chase

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 58-48

2011-12 finish: 1-20, 0-6 GLAC

Key losses: Angelica Rojas (13.0 ppg)

Key returnees: Dulce Garcia, Gladis Garcia, Giovanna Phillips, Xiajaere Phillips

Outlook: There’s a new sense of hope at Clark, which has won just 14 games in the past seven seasons. New coach Tony Chase, who moves over from Hammond High, has the program’s biggest turnout in recent memory, if not ever, with 43 girls. There won’t be one go-to scorer, but Chase hopes to have a balanced offense. “They haven’t had what most people would deem a lot of success,” Chase said. “As long as they continue to improve skill-wise daily, that will be our measure of success.”

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Mariah Turner 9 F 5-6

Mariah Berrios 10 G 5-6

Ana Resendez 11 F 5-6

Alexis Simmons 11 G/F 5-5

Gladis Garcia 11 G/F 5-5

Dulce Garcia 11 G 5-5

Anais Picazzo 11 G 5-2

Anastasia Holden 11 G 5-2

Deja Cohen 11 F 5-9

Xiajaere Phillips 11 F 6-0

Giovanna Phillips 11 F 6-0

Jocelyn Villanueva 12 G 5-6

Rensselaer

Coach: Jeff Marlow

Coach’s record at school: 103-92

Coach’s career record: 119-156

2011-12 finish: 9-12, 3-3

Key losses: Allie Deno (7.2 ppg)

Key returnees: Laura Tonner (12.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg); Emilie Ziese (9.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg)

Outlook: The Bombers return three starters and seven letter winners. They will look to Laura Tonner and Emilie Ziese to provide the bulk of the leadership and scoring. However, coach Jeff Marlow believes “the key to the team could be sophomore Megan Dobson, as she has the ability and the opportunity to play a highly visible role in the success of the 2012-13 season after lettering as a freshman.” The Bombers have height up front with Tonner and Zeise both at 6-foot. Marlow also feels he “will have quality depth off the bench, but success will hinge on (our) best players producing the kinds of numbers they are capable of.”

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Kara Bulington 10 G/F 5-7

Megan Dobson 10 G 5-6

Rachael Dobson 12 G 5-8

Allison Graves 10 G 5-6

Chelsea Hughes 12 G 5-7

Mackenzi Marohl 9 G 5-3

Aimee Mattocks 11 F 5-10

Courtney Schleman 11 F 5-8

Emily Tonner 10 F 5-10

Laura Tonner 12 G/F 6-0

Emilie Ziese 12 C 6-0

Knox

Coach: Dan Huizenga

Coach’s record at school: 40-51

Coach’s career record: 121-105

2011-12 finish: 13-12, 4-3 NSC

Key losses: Hope Wagner (13 ppg, 5 rpg); Shelby Gilbert (9 ppg, 2.7 apg)

Key returnees: Kaitlin Zachary (8.4 ppg, 8 rpg); Kara Howard (4 ppg, 4 rpg)

Outlook: Last year it took much of the year before the Redskins settled in and then captured the Kankakee Valley Sectional title. Coach Dan Huizenga believes this year he has the combination to get started off strong from the beginning. “With the loss of our three primary ball handlers, depth at the guard position is a concern, as well as players having to adapt to new roles,” Huizenga said. “I think we will be solid on the defensive end, and our success will depend on how quickly our offense can catch up to the defense.” Kaitlin Zachary should take over the team leadership role, and improve her scoring and rebounding.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Sarah Coad 11 G 5-6

Nikki Frasure 12 G/F 5-8

Amber Fletcher 12 G 5-8

Rachel Lenig 11 F 5-9

Kara Howard 11 F 5-7

Miranda Shepherd 10 G 5-6

Kaitlin Zachary 12 F/C 6-0

Chelsea Collins 12 F 5-8

Torrie Elliott 11 F 5-9

Hammond

Coach: George Williams

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 0-0

2011-12 finish: 8-15, 4-2 GLAC

Key losses: None

Key returnees: None

Outlook: It’s a new day at Hammond, where George Williams takes over as coach and none of the current Wildcats have played in a varsity game. “We’re a real young team,” Williams said. “I’m just going to put them in the fire. ... Realistically, I think this is going to be a learning by trial and error season.” Among the players who figure to see a lot of playing time are guards Dartavia Beals, who will run the point, and Crystal Nunnally along with swing player Le’Rona Shelby. Look for the Wildcats to push the pace. “I like to get up and down,” Williams said. “I like to press and I like to be aggressive.”

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Dartavia Beals 10 G 5-5

Crystal Nunnally 10 G 5-5

Amari Norwood 10 G 5-5

Andriana Coleman 9 F 5-10

Shakia Carroll 10 G 5-6

Le’Rona Shelby 9 G/F 5-9

Verlonda Jackson 9 G 5-6

Janay Arnved 11 C 5-10

Donisha Macklin 12 G 5-5

Jessica Cabrera 12 G 5-6

Bianca Santana 12 G 5-6

Gavit

Coach: Ken Anderson

Coach’s record at school: 67-64

Coach’s career record: 67-64

2011-12 finish: 9-12, 4-2 GLAC

Key losses: BreAnne Misner (20 ppg, 11 rpg), Dasia Magee

Key returnees: Hattie Andrews, Shanika Thornton

Outlook: The Gladiators, who shared the Great Lakes title with Hammond and Morton last season, are low on numbers with just 17 players out at all levels. But two of them are pretty good: 6-3 center Hattie Andrews, who averaged a double-double (14.9 ppg, 11 rpg) and small forward Shanika Thornton, who emerged as a solid 3-point shooter and defender after breaking into the starting lineup midway through last season. “Our goals never change,” coach Ken Anderson said. “We are always looking for double-digit wins, a conference championship and a sectional.”

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Schnique Evans 12 G 5-0

Sheila Rogers 10 G 5-3

Breanna Davis 12 G 5-0

E. Goode-Almodovar 12 G 5-4

Breona Muller 12 G 5-5

Saraye Stringer 9 G 5-9

Shanika Thornton 10 G 5-6

M. Loggins 10 G 5-5

Jasmine Williamson 9 G 5-5

Shinella Marable 10 F 5-9

Monica Geralds 11 F 6-0

Brittany Richardson 11 F 5-8

Hattie Andrews 12 C 6-3

Mikaela Perkins 12 F 5-11

Westville

Coach: Jim Wheeler

Coach’s record at school: 6-16

Coach’s career record: 6-16

2011-12 finish: 6-16

Key losses: Shelly Cunningham

Key returnees: Shaina Jacks, Katie Piotrowski

Outlook: Coach Jim Wheeler, in his second season now with the Blackhawks, is pleased with the team’s overall conditioning. He took the job late before last season, and Westville paid the price against better-conditioned teams. But this year, he had the players during the summer and has them in solid physical condition entering the season. The Blackhawks have no single player that stands out at this point. Any player who plays could end up leading Westville in scoring on a given night.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Katie Piotrowski 11 G 5-7

Beth Piotrowski 11 F 5-7

Gretchell Burckhardt 12 G 5-5

Brooke Mickey 12 G 5-0

Shaina Jacks 12 G 5-3

Ashley Harris 12 F 5-4

Michaela Shrader 11 F/C 5-8

Stephanie Popp 11 G 5-6

Hanna Antikainen 11 G 5-7

Hannah Lewis 10 G 5-5

Megan Henrich 10 G 5-3

Amber Haack 12 F/C 5-9

Megan Silverthorn 12 F 5-4

Krysten Wilson 12 F/C 5-9

North Judson

Coach: Debbie Bolen

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 0-0

2011-12 finish: 13-8

Key losses: Elisabeth White (10.7 ppg); Dana Timm (5.3 ppg)

Key returnees: Jordann Frasure (11.2 ppg, 7 rpg); Kayla Zimmerman (6.4 ppg, 4 rpg)

Outlook: This may be the season Judson fans have been expecting since many of these seniors started as freshmen. Look for the Jays to run and gun, pushing the ball up the court offensively. If Judson fans saw alum and Indiana all-star Debbie Bolen play at Valparaiso University, where she was an All-American, they’ll recognize a lot of similarities on how they play. Bolen will rely on six returning letter winners, led by senior Jordann Frasure, who the team in scoring last season. Scoring depth should come from fellow seniors Kayla Zimmerman, Haley Frasure and Lexi Messer.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Lexi Messer 12 G 5-7

Haley Frasure 12 G 5-5

Megan Block 12 G 5-3

Kayla Zimmerman 12 G/F 5-9

Mackenzie Brandt 12 G/F 5-9

Jordann Frasure 12 F 5-5

Danielle Sallee 11 G/F 5-7

Taylor Brandt 11 G/F 5-5

Darian Stalbaum 10 G/F 5-6

Amanda Rose 10 F 5-9

Morton

Coach: Tom Haluska

Coach’s record at school: 7-14

Coach’s career record: 47-79

2011-12 finish: 7-14, 4-2 GLAC

Key losses: Lindsay Welch (4.2 ppg)

Key returnees: Alexis Casas (6.2 ppg); Tete Johnson (6.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

Outlook: It’s coach Tom Haluska’s second year at the helm and he says this group is “ready to turn the corner and have a winning record.” That hasn’t happened since 2008, but last season’s seven wins were the most since that campaign and more than the previous two seasons combined. So Haluska may be right with a group of four starters — Alexis Casas, Keonna Baldwin, Tete Johnson and Megan Rogers — averaging between 5.2 and 6.5 points per game. At least a couple of them need to increase their output to help the team increase its win total.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Alexis Casas 11 G 5-5

Keonna Baldwin 12 C 6-2

Tete Johnson 12 F/C 5-11

Megan Rogers 10 G 5-5

Elia Robinson 12 G/F 5-7

Alivia Redmond 12 G 5-0

Jasmin Napier 10 G 5-0

Timiya Ray 9 G/F 5-9



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