The Shiloh Skyhawks girl’s basketball team began their season on Monday, November 12th, along with all of the other Class B girls basketball teams in North Dakota.
The Skyhawks return 5 seniors including Olivia Martin (5’7 F), Allison Bearstail (5’5 G), Serene Wilkinson (5’3 G), Rachel Mischel (5’1 G) and Kaszady Bearstail (5’8 F).
Shiloh went 23-1 last season, they were undefeated up until the Region 5 championship where they lost a tough one to the eventual state champs the Grant County Coyotes. Last year left a bad taste for this years senior class so the Skyhawks hit the gym this summer in hopes for a different outcome this year.
“We did power and had a lot of team camps. I believe we had 8 team camps this summer,” said Martin. “We also had a couple weeks in the summer where we went to the gym for a couple hours and did some skills and shot a lot. Oh and we did league this summer and played 2 games a night against Class A teams and a couple Class B teams.”
Martin is the only returning starter back this year off of last year’s Region 5 runner-up team, but she said she feels no pressure stepping into the leadership role this year.
“No pressure for me really. Leading to me comes naturally and is in my personality”, said Martin. “I just lead by giving the younger girls pointers and because I have the experience I let the girls know what to do and how it will be at the varsity level. No pressure for me really though.”
The Skyhawks will look to Martin for leadership and rely on those skills they worked on in the offseason as the compete in a tough Region 5.
Senior guard Allison Bearstail commented on how confident they feel being in the tough Region 5: “Solen, Center, and Flasher will be tough. I feel really confident about how far our team can go this year. We have a lot of young talent, size, and quick guards. Everyone can shoot, defend and has good court sense.”
Shiloh also returns a senior guard that missed all of last season with a head injury in Rachel Mischel. This will be big for the Skyhawks to get her back and comfortable with the system once again.
“Our goal this year is to play together as a team”, said Mischel. “After being out all of last year, I am excited to be on the floor with my teammates again, doing what I love. I think we can do big things this year.”
The Skyhawks will have to rely on young talent this year as well. Freshman forward Grace Kelly will be one of the young players that the Skyhawks will look to for production. “We have a lot of young girls this year and only a few varsity players back from last year so every day in practice we are just going to have to work hard,” Grace said. “We can’t wait around to get where we want to be. Like last year we plan on being great teammates and staying humble through everything and not letting things get to our heads.”
Shiloh kicks off their regular season at home against the Killdeer Cowboys on November 30th. The rest of their schedule is listed below:
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The Skyhawk Gazette would like to wish the girls the best of luck this season!