Senior Celia Satter has been in the middle of the Loyola girls basketball team’s successful two-season stretch.
In February, the Ramblers captured their second consecutive Class 4A regional championship and are 47-16 since Satter joined varsity as a sophomore. Loyola lost to eventual third-place finisher Maine West in the sectional final at Maine East and finished 25-6. The last time the Ramblers won back-to-back regional titles was in 2008 and 2009.
A three-year varsity veteran and two-year starter, Satter (pictured above) said she believes the Ramblers have what it takes to make another extended postseason run. If they do, the guard from Glencoe will be a big reason why.
“I’m super excited about this season,” said Satter, who went to Sacred Heart School in Winnetka. “We still are figuring each other out and how to maximize everyone’s strength. We are starting to get over that hump. I think we can be really, really good.”
Despite Friday’s 40-35 defeat to St. Ignatius at home, the Ramblers (9-3, 0-2 GCAC Red) look to be on their way. Their losses have come to Marist and conference rivals Mother McAuley and the Wolfpack by a combined 12 points.
Satter, who signed with University of Richmond in November, is the team’s top shooter and one of its most reliable scorers. Through 11 games, she’s second on the team in points per game at 8.6 and leads the Ramblers with 19 3-pointers, making 34.5 percent of her attempts.
“She’s a natural, but she works at it,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “She’s our most consistent outside threat.”
A host of people have had a hand in her development, including her mother, Ann Satter. Once a week during the offseason, the two would train at the LA Fitness in Highland Park before school began. Celia shot, and Ann rebounded.
Celia said her interest in the sport started because of her older sister, Liz Satter (Class of 2016). A three-year varsity player for the Ramblers, Liz is a junior on University of Pennsylvania’s basketball team.
“When I was younger, I wanted to be like her,” Celia said. “She was so good, especially at shooting. I started taking it more seriously as I got older.”
Last season, Celia made 44 3-pointers and shot 32.4 percent from behind the arc. She made 44.6 percent of her field goals and averaged 11.5 points a game, earning honorable mention on the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 3A/4A all-state team.
“I’m lucky to have had lot of support,” she said.
While Celia’s shooting is her strength, Schoenecker said it’s her growth on the other end of the floor that impresses him. She has eight steals and 15 deflections this season.
“She’s putting herself in the right spots more often and doing a better job of communicating,” he said.
Celia laughed when told Schoenecker lauded her defensive evolution.
“It’s been a big point of emphasis,” she said. “I’ve improved immensely under his watch. I’ve become a more all-around player.”
Playing college basketball wasn’t a goal of Celia’s until her freshman year when she watched her sister go through the recruiting process. Celia said Richmond, a Division I program in Virginia, checked all of her boxes. Celia will be the third Satter to play college basketball. Her grandfather, John Satter, played at University of Chicago.
“I wanted to go far away from home to a small school with high academics and one where I would be able to play basketball,” Celia said. “I fell in love with Richmond when I visited. I loved the campus, the girls and coaches. It all clicked.”
According to Schoenecker, the Satter sisters are two of the best shooters he’s coached in his 11 seasons with the Ramblers. More importantly, Celia and Liz are good people, he said.
“Celia is similar to her sister in that she’s fun-loving, likes to smile and really enjoys the game,” he said. “It’s all genuine.”
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola