12/4/2013 8:35:00 AM Basketball Lady Cougars open with decisive win
With no one near her, Lady Cougar senior Caitlyn Ballard puts the basketball in the hoop for 2 of her 20 points against Bagdad this past Tuesday in the Chino Valley home opener.
Chino Valley girls’ coach April Jelovic looks on as her team gets rid of its first game jitters Tuesday, Nov. 27, at home with a 48-20 drubbing of Bagdad.
Geri Kinsley Special to Review
The Chino Valley Lady Cougars opened their winter basketball season at home with a 48-20 drubbing of the Bagdad Sultans.
"It is nice to see the improvement over the last three years. Their overall knowledge of the game will help this season," April Jelovic, in her third season as head coach, said. "There is more excitement about basketball on campus. We had 26 girls try out for the team this year, which is so exciting for the future of the program."
The main scoring threat is lone returning starter and senior Caitlyn Ballard. The coach said the team will rely on her this season for her defense as well as offense. Ballard ended the home opener against Bagdad with 20 points, 9 steals and 4 assists.
Jelovic also is looking to sophomore Shelbey Shelton and junior Ricky Rodriguez to step up and take shots.
Shelton put the ball in the hoop for 12 points with Rodriguez helping out with 6 more. Both girls played aggressively on the other side of the court with 4 steals apiece.
Expect a lot of rebounding from junior Hunter Stewart-Kolberstein, who adds some height to the team and brings back a little bit of varsity experience from last season. Senior Chelsey Ludwig also returns after missing most of last season with an injury. Jelovic said she saw a lot of good things from her in the opener.
"We started out with first game jitters, but when we started playing our game I saw a lot of positive things," Jelovic said. "I am also very pleased to have Grant Turley returning this year as my assistant coach and the junior varsity coach. He brings his knowledge and love of the game to the Cougar bench."
The Lady Cougars next play at home Dec. 20 versus Northland Prep. JV starts at 1 p.m. with varsity taking the court at 4 p.m.