Loyola girls team happy with start, excited for what’s to come: The Ramblers finished the first two weeks of the season 5-0 after beating New Trier 46-37 on Friday. After Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said it’s always good to beat the Trevians, he quickly transitioned into how the Ramblers can improve.
“This team will only get better,” he said. “We haven’t gotten to a spot as coaches where we feel comfortable about how we are playing. We are still figuring out our strengths and weaknesses and how to put players in positions on the floor so they can be successful.”
That comes with experience.
Senior guards and future Division I players Julia Martinez and Celia Satter are the only returning starters from a team that finished 25-6 and advanced to a Class 4A sectional final. Martinez signed with St. Louis University, and Satter signed with University of Richmond.
Through two weeks, Martinez is averaging 6.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 5.4 steals and 1.4 blocks. Satter is scoring 10.0 points a game to go with 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals. She has a team-best 10 3-pointers and is shooting 38.5 percent from behind the arc.
Others back who played meaningful minutes last season are senior guard Addison Bendery and junior forward Addison Ebeling.
Among those finding their way in a new role is senior forward Jordan Moser, a first-year starter. Her basket at the end of the third quarter Friday against New Trier tied the score at 25-all and helped change the momentum of the game. She finished with two points and three rebounds. For the season, Moser is averaging 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.
“The luxury of having Jordan is that she understands what to do and is always plugging away,” Schoenecker said. “It’s important to have players like that.”
Summer Parker-Hall showing signs she’s a go-to player: In her first varsity season, sophomore forward Summer Parker-Hall already is an impact player. Coming off the bench, she led the team in scoring against New Trier with 12 points and had five rebounds.
Schoenecker said he isn’t surprised by Parker-Hall’s production. She leads the team in scoring at 11.4 points and is averaging 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals.
“We saw it during the summer,” he said. “But you never really know until they get into a game situation. It’s good to see that no moment seems too big for her.”
Boys team breaking in new players, too: After the graduation of starters Kevin Cunningham, Pete Mangan and a host of contributors off the bench, the Ramblers needed to find players to plug into the rotation.
If the last two games are any indication, Loyola might have some foundational players in senior Will Bodkin, senior Nikko Landon, junior Matt Enghauser and junior Will Pujals to go with senior Connor Barrett, senior Ryan Evans, senior Quinn Pemberton and juniors Bennett and Jordan Kwiecienski.
In the 55-52 loss to New Trier on Wednesday at the New Trier/Loyola tournament, Landon had 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. He followed that up with two points, five rebounds and five assists in a 62-38 win over St. Ignatius on Saturday.
Pujals had 11 points and two assists against the Wolfpack, while Bodkin finished with eight points, three rebounds, three assists and took one charge. Enghauser added eight points.
Landon’s play earned him all-tournament team honors, along with Barrett, who averaged 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds over the first four games.