The 2021-2022 Sauk Valley Women’s Basketball team is brand new with a Covid cancelled 20-21 season. This year’s team hopes to continue to build on previous seasons successes and is very excited about getting the opportunity to participate this season.
The Skyhawks will bring in nine new players, 3 of which were scheduled to play last season, as well as 6 new players, all from our local talent pool. Sophomore players Jenna Johnson, Serena Criss, Alejandra Padilla and Josie Rank hope to make an immediate impact. Jenna Johnson, Newman Central Catholic, joins the basketball Skyhawks after crushing it on the softball field last season. She is a feisty player that will bring a physical presence to the Skyhawks and will be an ultimate team player. Serena Criss, Sterling, will be making her impact after first semester with her scoring ability around the hoop and is developing into a tremendous leader for the Skyhawks. Alejandra Padilla, Newman Central Catholic, will run the show for the Skyhawks from the point guard position and is continually growing into a player that allows the Skyhawks to play at a pace that will let them have some fun. Josie Rank, Newman Central Catholic, brings incredible athleticism and can score from anywhere on the court. She will however make her presence known on the defensive end, as she has an incredible knack of knowing where the ball is and getting a touch on it.
Newcomers include Skylar Savage from Newman Central Catholic, Ainsleigh Hendrix from Rock Falls and Hailey Walters and Nakiya Rascon from Sterling. Skylar is the jack of all trades; she will play inside and out. She can shoot the ball and bang inside, but her most important part to the team may be her competitive drive.
Ainsleigh Hendrix can shoot lights out on any given night and should allow the Skyhawks to spread teams out which will open paths for their teammates to score at the hoop. Hailey has a terrific motor and will be all over the floor at both ends. When you add that to her incredible ability to shoot the ball, she will be a fun player to watch. Nakiya brings with her valuable experience in the post and will be an important part of the rotation inside with her ability to out quick the opposing posts. All six of the newcomers have the potential to make an immediate impact on the court.
The Skyhawks are ecstatic to get the opportunity to play and hope to have some fun while being competitive. It will be a great group to watch and see grow as the season progresses, making this a very special group of young ladies.