Lady Grey Ghosts season wrap up

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers

The IVC girls varsity basketball team wrapped up its season at the Geneseo Regional game Feb. 18 against Dunlap and finished with an 8-21 record.

The Lady Grey Ghosts participated in three tournaments this year. They were the Limestone High School Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament, The St. Bede Holiday Tournament and the Team Works Invitational at Washington on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

IVC picked up its first two wins at the Limestone tourney over Manual, 54-51, and Midwest-Central 56-48.

“I think it was a good start. With our schedule being independent we played a lot of games back to back. A lot of the girls got wore out,” coach Marc Lowe said.

“Then again, we let a couple games slip through our hands that we should have won.”

At the St. Bede tourney, IVC earned its biggest win for the season over Henry with a 20-point spread at 46-26.

The Lady Grey Ghosts had a dark period of losses through January but came out of it with a win over Pekin at home Jan. 30, 54-46.

In the last regular season game, against Rochelle Feb. 14, IVC closed out with a 48-47 victory.

Three seniors will be leaving this year. Hallie Shirley, Jamie Mann and Candis Rudolph were all post players. 

The three seniors  combined for 342 points and, surprisingly enough, 342 rebounds for the season.

“They were key parts 

to our success this year. Hallie Shirley really came along at the end of the year, she really helped us grab some games. Jamie (Mann) was a key contributor. Candis (Rudolph) was a key component with what we tried to do to and her getting hurt, not having her in the last games really hurt us,” Lowe said.

“They played a key role in everything we’ve done and I want to wish them the best as they move forward.”

The three seniors had an average height of 5-feet-8-inches. Lowe said the loss of the three post players will affect the game plan.

“We’re going to change a few things as well. The system will stay the same but we have to change some things around because we won’t be as deep in our post as we have in our last two years,” Lowe said.

Leading the season in scoring was junior Erica Larson with 241 points. 

Larson’s strongest game was against Midwest-Central, posting 24 points on the board and went five-for-seven on 3-pointers.

Next on scoring was junior Shayna VanOstrand at 206 points.

Third for scoring was Shirley at 196 points from 81 field goals and shooting a flat 50 percent at the free-throw line, going 34-for-68.

Shirley’s leading game was against Pekin with 27 points. She went 9-for-10 on field goals and free throws for the night.

Shirley led in defensive rebounds with 109 and junior Katelyn Heinz added 100 over the season with 23 steals.

During the season, IVC lost three players to injuries. 

Rudolph was injured at the Dixon game Jan. 29. She did not return for the season.

Junior Madi Horack missed 11 games all season. She was injured in the Grayslake North game and did not return for the remainder of the season.

Junior Taylor Neys was able to play in 10 games after an injury in the 2013 summer.

IVC will be entering the Cornbelt Conference in the 2013-14 season.

“That conference is going to be very competitive. I know those teams spend a lot of time together in the summer time so that’s one thing were going to put in place. Were going to play in a summer league and do some shootouts so we’ll be ready by game time when the season gets here,” Lowe said.

Lowe said he would like to participate in the Illinois Central College or Heart of Illinois summer league along with fundamental camps.

“I feel this is the direction we need to go to be successful down the road,” Lowe said.