Three starters return to the L-S varsity girls basketball team this year and look to lead the Hawks to a solid season on the court.
The Hawks ended their 2016-17 season with a record of 21-3 and were one game from the state tournament. The team graduated two seniors, Brenna Lanser and Jelissa Rozendaal.
This year’s varsity squad is made up of 12 girls, including four returning seniors: Jataya Meyer, Christine Nikkel, Camryn Russell, and Mariah Vos. Russell and Vos are returning starters, along with junior Carson Fisk.
Fisk was a critical scorer on the team last year with 260 points and also had 35 assists and 52 steals. Vos added 159 points, 34 assists, and 41 steals. Russell tallied up 112 points and 33 steals. Russell also tied Lanser with the most assists on the team with 65.
“I’m really excited for this year because of the players we have returning this year,” Russell said. “We have experience and athleticism. We have a lot of great things going for us this year, and we are looking forward to getting started.”
This will be L-S Coach Jerry Hulsing’s 27th year coaching at Lynnville-Sully.
“I’m excited about our athleticism and our ability to play fast,” he said. “We will play an up-tempo style of basketball.”
The team is looking to improve on last season by making an appearance at the state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. They came up one game short from the state tournament last year, losing to Bellevue Marquette Catholic, 53-46.
“I’m super excited for this year’s team,” Fisk said. “Our goal as a team this year is not just to make it to the state tournament, but to focus on being strong defensively and winning ugly games. This year’s team is going to be focused on a lot of teamwork, trust, and accountability. We’re not just a team, we’re family, and I’m ready to push myself and each and every girl out there.”
JAMBOREE HALF GAME VERSUS E-B-F
The Hawks opened their 2017-18 basketball season with a jamboree at Sully on Monday, Nov. 13. In a half game against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont,
L-S dominated, 34-11. Coach Hulsing saw the jamboree game as a good start to the season.
“We started a little slow, but once we started communicating on defense, we were able to get some turnovers and ran the floor well, leading to some easy baskets,” he said.
The coach would like to see his team’s half-court offense move the ball better to help his players get good looks at the basket.
Fisk led the offense with 13 points, followed by junior Shiloh Cunningham with six. Sophomore Janelle Rozendaal and senior Christine Nikkel contributed four points each.
As a team, the Hawks had 21 rebounds compared to E-B-F’s 18. Cunningham pulled down four on the boards, and Fisk had three.
The girls’ first official game of the year is this Friday, Nov. 17, at home versus Iowa Valley. The next game will be at Baxter on Tuesday, Nov. 21, before they take a break for Thanksgiving.
Contributions by Tyson Vander Linden, L-S Student