Junior Anna Mitchell (first) returns as the Eagles only representative on the all-county list from last year. In her sophomore season, she averaged 10.8 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. Her 23 blocked shots also ranked first on the team.
A prominent member of the Eagles’ regional runner up soccer team, Mitchell nearly chose to forgo fall sports in favor of preparing for basketball.
Coach: Chris Beil
Last season: (8-11, 10-13)
Top players: Seniors Ally Forejt (PG), Olivia Nowlin (G) and Lauren Wright (F).
What to expect: With seven years as a junior varsity head coach under his belt, coach Chris Beil made the jump to the next level over the offseason. He takes over a Glenelg team that has the potential to make some waves this winter.
“I don’t foresee any big challenges as I have coached most of (this team) at the JV level,” he said. “I hope to hit the court running.”
Eight returners from last year give the Gladiators an advantage in experience. Seniors Ally Forejt, Olivia Nowlin and Lauren Wright will act as captains this season.
Beil said he liked what he saw from these girls leading up to winter tryouts.
Nowlin, a threat from beyond the arc, made 32 3-pointers last year, leading all returning players in the county.
Beil said he embraces the opportunity he has at Glenelg, and that he sees some winning seasons on the horizon.
“I am looking forward to building on the success Glenelg has built over the last several years,” he added. “We are looking forward to the challenges this season poses and we will be ready for them.”
Coach: Raymona Reid
Last season: (0-19, 0-21)
Top players: Seniors Keyuana Griffin (PG) and Elizabeth Frekot (F/C); junior Jameelah Wallace (F/C); sophomore Lauryn Terry (C); freshmen Delaney Cannon (G) and Jaelyn Nole (F).
What to expect: Coming off a less than perfect season last year, coach Raymona Reid wants to create a new culture surrounding Golden Bears girls basketball.
Returning a team that is “bigger, stronger and quicker,” is the first step.
“Our biggest challenge will be really changing the perception (of playing against us),” she said. “We are changing many aspects about Hammond basketball.”