Nine Returning Seniors Make Outlook Bright for Girls Basketball Season
With nine returning seniors and an outstanding junior, the outlook for the Oak Lawn Community High School girls basketball team is bright. And with the addition of three sophomores to the squad, that outlook is even brighter. The Spartans are poised to shine in this abbreviated season.
“We have a 13-game conference slate and we have added a few nonconference games to the schedule,” head coach Mark Sevedge said. “The goal for the team and the overall feeling is that we could compete for a South Suburban Conference Red championship this season.”
Leading the charge are seniors Emma McGrath at guard, Cynthia Nunez at guard, Carolyn Soukouna in the middle, and Arianna Andersen at guard. McGrath is an outstanding defender, Nunez can handle the ball, Soukouna is a force in the paint at both ends of the court, and Andersen has greatly improved her three-point shooting. Junior Mia Kennelly is a tough, physical player and is one of the top scorers in the SSC. Sophomore Kate Dillon is a nice addition as a natural scorer.
“Emma and Arianna have stepped up as leaders and Mia is one of the hardest working and most dedicated workers in the program over the last seven years,” Sevedge said. “Kate can shoot the ball from deep, and she also scores around the rim. She scored 440 points as a freshman on the sophomore team last year.”
The biggest challenge is to see how the girls react to the unusual circumstances of the season and the offseason. But all signs point toward the fact that they are certainly prepared to meet the difficulties in the road ahead.
“Because of the pandemic and the shutdown of high school sports since last March, we as a program are just so excited and thankful to be on the court together again,” Sevedge said. “Our athletic Director Jeremey Cryan and our administration have been great for our athletes. Anytime restrictions were lifted and we were allowed to be together, we took advantage of it.”
“We jumped on the chance to get better. I truly believe that this team has done everything they could during this unprecedented time to improve as players and people. There is an excitement in the program to just go out and play. Everything was taken away from all of our student-athletes so abruptly that I feel there is a new appreciation for what we used to take for granted.”
The Spartans’ first home game is scheduled for February 15, at noon.