Each basketball season provides an opportunity for new players to step into the spotlight. From seniors seeing significant playing time for the first time to underclassmen making an impact, these six girls basketball players are having breakout seasons for area teams.
School: Lyons Township
Impact: Veterans Kayla Morrissey and Victoria Swift have been key figures to the young Lions team, but Scaramella is part of the future of LT basketball. She is the only underclassmen to crack the starting lineup for the Lions and has held down the spot as point guard.
School: Riverside Brookfield
Impact: Three freshmen have been surprising contributors for the Bulldogs, but Bloom has been the most impressive. Displaying excellent ball-handling and passing skills and good shooting range, Bloom is RB’s leading scorer.
“We wouldn’t be the team we are without her,” RB coach Dallas Till said. “She’s been unbelievable.”
Impact: Wilcher came to Morton after spending her freshman year with the powerful Trinity program. She made a smooth transition as the Mustangs’ leading scorer. The tall guard is a key piece for the young team to build around for the future.
Impact: Raimondi is one of just two returning starters on Nazareth, but has shown great improvement in an increased role this season as she is a big scorer and rebounder for the Roadrunners. Raimondi was named to the all-tournament team at Riverside Brookfield over the holiday break and helped the Roadrunners make the championship game.
Impact: The Friars have been forced to deal with major injuries since senior and Creighton recruit Jade Owens has missed most of the season and sophomore returning starter Deja Cage is out for the whole year. Mackowiak stepped up in the absence of those two scorers. The sharpshooter has shown an ability to catch fire and change games with her shooting.
School: St. Joseph
Impact: Saunders was a contributor last year but has greatly increased her impact on the Chargers this season. She has more than doubled her scoring average from 5.2 points per game to 10.6 while also leading the team in assists and steals.