2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 11/21/2013 9:24 AM

Girls basketball: Scouting Grant

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  • Kaylie Kanzler is playing her fourth season on varsity for Grant.

      Kaylie Kanzler is playing her fourth season on varsity for Grant.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer



Coach: Matt Lukemeyer (third season)

Last season: 10-18, 5-7 in NSC Prairie

Key players lost: G Tania Trbojevich, G/F Sadie Contreras, F AnaRose Hebein, F Emily Kerr, F Bethani Jacobsen, G Taylor Rossi

Returning players: Sr. F Julia Sangster, Sr. G Michelle Filip, Sr. F Deanna Rodriguez, So. G Jasmine Sangster, Sr. G Kaitlyn Wold, Sr. G Kaylie Kanzler

Newcomers: So. F Jordynn Hundley, So. F Taylor Drake, Jr. G Taylor Paul, Jr. F Jessica Cross, Jr. F Andrea Weaver, Jr. G Jenna Pecorini

Outlook: The Bulldogs hit double-digit wins last season after slipping to eight in 2011-12, and coach Matt Lukemeyer returns his share of athleticism. "The team goal is to improve and get better on a daily basis through hard work, commitment and team work," Lukemeyer said. Guard Kaylie Kanzler is playing her fourth season on varsity. She earned all-conference honors last season and opened her senior campaign by scoring 18 points in a 73-48 loss to Mundelein. Sophomore guard Jasmine Sangster showed plenty of promise playing on varsity last season, and her older sister Julia is back this season too. Julia Sangster is out for the first two weeks with a concussion, however. Lukemeyer's Opening Night starting lineup featured Kanzler, Jasmine Sangster, junior Andrea Weaver, sophomore Jordynn Hundley and 5-4 junior Jenna Pecorini. Hundley showed off a good shooting stroke (two 3-pointers). Senior guard Kaitlyn Wold provided offensive spark coming off the bench in several games last winter. Besides Weaver, Hundley and Pecorini, the newcomers include 6-foot sophomore Taylor Drake, who had 7 points and 7 rebounds in her varsity debut. "We're excited about her," Lukemeyer said of Drake. "She's going to be able to do some things for us, especially rebounding and defense. The last two years, we really haven't had anyone over 5-9. So it's a nice change."

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