Loyola’s guard contingent will be led by seniors Bastian, Jordyn Strachan and Jordyn Theuninck along with freshman Lindsey Theuninck. Bastian was the team’s leading scorer last season at 10.5 points per game. She was followed by Lindsey Theuninck (9.3), Strachan (8.4) and Nawrocki (7.2).
Coach Rick Theuninck said one of the first priorities for this year’s team is to improve it’s defense. In their state tournament game, the Crusaders were inundated with foul calls for reaching in on their opponents, and he wants to cut those down drastically.
“If you’re playing good defense, you don’t have to reach in so much to get turnovers,” he said. “That’s something we’ve been working on in practice. The better defense you play, the more your offense can feed off it.”
Even though last season’s state-tournament finish was a letdown for the Crusaders, Strachan believes they can build on it.
“Having played in the state tournament last year, even though we lost, is going to be good experience for us,” she said. “We’re determined to practice hard and play hard to try to get back.
“Our ultimate goal is to win a state championship. That’s going to motivate us all season.”