The 2015-2016 Women's Basketball team is looking to continue the success of the last two seasons. The back-to-back Arrowhead Conference Champions want to three-peat after going 10-0 last year. It will be a tough task to improve on these accomplishments, but this group could be talented enough to do it.
Coming back for her third year after a medical redshirt last year is Morgan Dean (Peru). Mo is a beast in the post and will be one of the most talented post players in the nation this year. Also returning is Kayleen Terrock (Sterling). We are looking for Kayleen to be a leader on the floor every night by bringing energy and intensity to the court. Kayleen came on strong for the Skyhawks last year and had some great games. The final returner is Morgan Shank (Winnebago). Morgan needs to play up to her potential. She can really shoot the ball and play the game when she is confident. The Skyhawks will rely heavily on these three sophomores as team laeders.
Skyhawk freshmen will have to grow up fast, but I believe that they can make an immediate impact and help win games. We added Bailey Schrader (Rock Falls) and Carolynn Hammelman ( Sterling) to the roster of local talent. Schrader can be very good in the post if she continues to work hard and put in the time...she has a lot of potential. Hammelman will be taking her sister's position from last year and playing point guard. Carolynn is different from her sister but has the same tough, hardnosed attitude.
Another local two-sport athlete joining the Skyhawks is Shiela Browning (Amboy). Shiela shoots the ball well and will be able to step in and help with offense. After playing volleyball for the Skyhawks the last two years, Browning is giving basketball a try. The final freshman is Jazmine Kirksey who has a smooth stroke and can shoot the ball as good as anyone. She will help in situations where a big three is needed.
I believe that this year's team has the talent to be successful, make another run at the conference title, and win back the region title.
IT SHOULD BE AN OTHER EXCITING SEASON FOR THE LADY SKYHAWKS!