Nov. 6, 2012
GALESBURG—With 11 freshmen on the Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team’s roster, Chargers coach Mike Bailey is entering this season with an open mind and a team that likes to play in the open court.
“They run, they pass and they shoot, and it’s kind of no holds barred,” said Bailey, in his sixth season as Sandburg’s coach. “It should be an interesting style and fun style to watch.”
The Chargers begin their season at 6 p.m. Thursday at Southeastern Iowa and play their first home game at 1 p.m. Saturday against Waubonsee, which is also the Sandburg Alumni and Friends Athletic Reunion.
The Chargers return just two players — guard Makenzie Frank of Knoxville and 6-foot-1 forward Jessica Abel of Farmington — from last year’s team that finished 6-23. Abel was a part-time starter for Sandburg last season and averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest. Frank averaged 4.4 points and hit 19 3-pointers last season but has missed time in the preseason because of a shoulder injury.
“We’d like for Frank to get back because she’s a proven shooter,” Bailey said. “She worked a lot in the summer and I think she’ll shoot a lot better percentage for us this year.”
Among the Chargers’ newcomers is Marysa Remick, a 5-foot-10 forward from ROWVA High School. Bailey said Remick’s versatility will likely make her one of the team’s top playmakers.
“I think we’re going to lean on Remick quite a bit,” Bailey said. “She has the ability to score inside and out, she can post up, she can shoot the 3, handles the ball really well. We have to find a mix for her of getting touches on the inside and the outside. “
Another 5-10 forward, Destini Bollinger of Astoria, has impressed Bailey in the preseason as well.
“A long, athletic kid. She’ll be able to create a lot of problems for other teams,” Bailey said. “She gets her hands on a lot of balls and has a real nose for the ball around the glass. Bollinger is going to be a real difference-maker on the defensive side of the ball. She gets out and runs the floor so well she may be able to get us some easy baskets.”
Freshmen Courtney Admire (Avon), Paige Martin (Farmington) and Jordyn Chasteen (Canton) are among those who figure to see minutes in the backcourt. The Chargers also added freshman forwards Caitlin McVay (Rockridge), Sadie Van Norman (United) and Lexa Mahr (Macomb) to the squad once they finished their season with the Sandburg volleyball team.
“We’ve got some size, and I think our ball handling’s going to be much improved,” Bailey said. “I think our size will help our defense. The big question now is where we’re going to get our points from.”
Bailey said Kishwaukee, Highland and Illinois Valley figure to be top contenders for the Arrowhead Conference title, but he’s optimistic his team can challenge for a 20-win season.
“It’s all going to depend on what kind of a start we get off to,” Bailey said. “I think we’ll be a good ball club second semester, once we get our execution down and kids have played together for a period of time and start understanding how hard we have to play. If we get off to a 5-2 start I think we’ll have a good year.”
Members of the 2012-2013 Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team are: Jessica Abel (Farmington), Courtney Admire (Avon), Destini Bollinger (Astoria), Jordyn Chasteen (Canton), Terra Eberle (Lewistown), Makenzie Frank (Knoxville), Lexa Mahr (Macomb), Paige Martin (Farmington), Caitlin McVay (Rockridge), Kaylee Moseley (Rockridge), Marysa Remick (ROWVA), Sadie Van Norman (United), Tesha Woolley (Princeton). Head coach: Mike Bailey. Assistant coach: Katie King.
2012-2013 Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball schedule: http://sandburg.edu/athletics/2012-13-womens-basketball-schedule
Caption: The 2012-2013 Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team. Front row, L to R: Courtney Admire, Makenzie Frank, Paige Martin, Destini Bollinger, Kaylee Moseley, Tesha Woolley, Jordyn Chasteen. Back row, L to R: Head coach Mike Bailey, Terra Eberle, Marysa Remick, Caitlin McVay, Sadie Van Norman, Lexa Mahr, Jessica Abel, assistant coach Katie King.