Loyola opens its season 6 p.m. Tuesday on the road against Harlan as part of New Trier’s Thanksgiving tournament. Last season, the Ramblers finished 22-8 overall and 4-2 in the GCAC Red. They ended their season with a 43-33 loss to Glenbrook South in the Class 4A regional final at Loyola. In advance of the season opener, here’s a first look at players expected to be in the primary rotation.
Erin Dillon, jr., 5-7, G
Head coach Jeremy Schoenecker’s comment: We are asking her to space the floor for us and knock down shots. She is one of several perimeter threats that we will need in order to be successful this season. But she’s inexperienced on varsity. She played limited significant minutes for us last year, mostly playing in JV games. But we like what we’ve seen so far this year.
Madison Kane, sr., 5-7, G
Coach’s comment: She’s a three-year starter and our most experienced player. She’s our best defender and will be asked to take away the other team’s best offensive player. Offensively, she can do different things. She can shoot from the outside, attack the rim off the dribble and is good in transition.
Julia Martinez, so., 5-10, G
Coach’s comment: She has already been getting looks from Division I schools. As a point guard, Julia has a tremendous ability to see the floor and is a great ball-handler. She’s our most complete player. She is someone who can control the game for us on both ends of the floor.
Clare Nelson, sr., 6-0, F
Coach’s comment: Last season, Clare was one of our first subs off the bench and did some really great things, especially as the year went on. But she suffered a concussion in January and missed the rest of the season, so we are excited to see what she can do over an entire season. She’s an undersized post, but she’s quick and is good rebounder for her height. She also can shoot it from about 17 feet.
Lilly Wehman, jr., 6-2, F
Coach’s comment: Lilly got limited minutes as a freshman, but she missed all of last season with an ACL injury. She’s looking great now, and we are happy to have her back. She gives us an athletic big, someone who can block shots and be a help-side defender and an overall back-line force. She will be a true post presence we have not had in past years. She fits in well with our system.
OFF THE BENCH
Mary Dooley, sr., 5-7, G
Coach’s comment: Mary is the type of lockdown defender that can come in and guard the team’s best player like Madison. She’s quick and can get open in our fast break. Mary can score in transition and is able to knock down shots.
Addie Morrill, jr., 5-7, G
Coach’s comment: She will provide some minutes at point guard to give Julia a breather and fill in at the 2 or 3 position. She can do a little bit of everything. She can shoot, handle the ball, defends fairly well. We’ve been impressed by her.
Celia Satter, so., 6-0, F
Coach’s comment: She’s the younger sister of [2016 graduate] Liz Satter. She will see some minutes at the 3, 4, and 5 positions. Celia’s a good shooter, and someone who can help us stretch the floor. I think she’s more athletic at this stage than Liz was when she was a sophomore.
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