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Sports

Girls Basketball: Panthers plan to pick up the pace

Returning starters Schlinger, Beebe boosted by talented young group

Oswego's Angelina Schlinger (30) takes a shot againt Plainfield Central's Kacie Moran (22) during a varsity girls basketball game at Oswego High School on Friday, December 2, 2016. Schlinger, a sophomore guard, is one of two returning starters for the Panthers.
Oswego's Angelina Schlinger (30) takes a shot againt Plainfield Central's Kacie Moran (22) during a varsity girls basketball game at Oswego High School on Friday, December 2, 2016. Schlinger, a sophomore guard, is one of two returning starters for the Panthers.

The Panthers are picking up the pace.

Oswego, coming off a 9-19 season, appears to have more depth than in years past. And head coach Dave Beebe plans to put it to use.

"Absolutely, we'll play faster than last year," Beebe said, "and we'll be a lot deeper. If I had to pick a lineup, I think we'll go at least 10 deep."

A nice mix of upperclassmen has been boosted by an influx of talented youngsters, and the common theme seems to be that they can shoot.

"We have plenty of outside shooters compared to last year," Beebe said. "A lot the younger kids can definitely shoot. We'll see how it goes when we put the pieces together."

One youngster who can shoot is no stranger to the varsity level.

Sophomore Angelina Schlinger started most of last season as a freshman, averaging 5 points, 2 steals and 2 assists per game.

"Angelina will be the one that makes us go," Beebe said. "We're looking for more consistency out of her. She hit some big shots for us last year. She's used to the pressure situations. I expect a lot out of her."

Senior Katie Beebe, the coach's daughter, is a 6-foot senior who averaged 3.5 points and 5.0 rebounds last year. She can fill the stat sheet and can occasionally score big.

"We're not looking to get a ton of points out of her," coach Beebe said. "She'll get rebounds, block shots, play good defense. She scored 16 points against Plainfield South last year. We'll take those kind of games as well."

Senior guard Holly Gotchie started at the beginning of the year as a junior, but beyond that it's a young group.

Julia Henrikson is a sophomore guard who was moved up for regionals, and can shoot it.

Others expected contribute include senior forward Emma Janiak, senior center Lindsey Jones, senior guard/forward Lauren Gotchie, junior guard Samara Bosman, sophomore guard Janessa Martinez, sophomore forward Taylor Tarver, freshman guard McKenna Engler and junior forward Dyiamon Williams.

"There is plenty of talent to go around," Beebe said. "We might even go 12 deep."

The Panthers open their season at Marian Catholic, then play Rockford Lutheran, Naperville North and West Aurora in pool play at the WarHawk Tournament.

"It's a young group and it's a good core," Beebe said. "They've been working hard in practice, and they're buying into the faster pace. I told them that's their meal ticket to get on the floor."

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