Lady Vikings look to turn corner with more height, depth
CENTREVILLE — Glen Oaks Community College women’s basketball coach Mike Mosley expects to see more favorable results as he begins the second phase of his rebuilding project with the Lady Vikings.
With little time after being hired before the start of his first season, Mosley scrapped together a competitive group that managed two victories in 2015-16.
Mosley, a former Glen Oaks playing standout himself under the late Ken Schuler, has spent the last few months establishing a good recruiting base including players from St. Joseph County and other outlying areas of Michigan and Northern Indiana.
“This team has more versatility, height and depth than last year. There are some teams on our schedule we should beat and others that we will challenge. Hopefully we can be a big spoiler in the conference,” Mosley said.
“We have a goal to win 10 games or more. Our athleticism should allow us to do that. Our biggest challenge is our new offense, a 5-out that involves a lot of cutting and passing. We will be especially more accurate in our three-point shooting.”
Glen Oaks, 1-1 overall heading into Tuesday’s non-league road battle against the Olivet College JV team, starts the season inexperienced with just one sophomore.
White Pigeon’s Hannah Carr, a 5-foot-10 forward/center, returns after logging heavy minutes on the floor a year ago for Glen Oaks.
“Hannah gives us size and rebounding. We’re expecting a lot more out of her this season,” Mosley said.
The rest of the players on Mosley’s 10-player roster are freshmen but it’s a talented collection.
Jazsmin Blue, a 5-7 forward/center, comes to Glen Oaks after a standout high school career at Pontiac High School.
“Jazsmin won’t score a lot at first for us, but I expect her to contribute double-digits in rebounding. She had 14 boards in our win over Wayne County Community College District,” Mosley said.
Freshman Tracey Bennett, a former player at Three Rivers, will see time at the guard spot.
“Tracey will also help us in rebounding. She isn’t very big but she gets good position and gets to the basketball,” Mosley said.
Also hoping to log some major minutes or even challenge for starting status is Marcellus freshmen Kaylie McEndarfer (5-5).
“Kaylie is a good dual-sport athlete who also plays softball. She is a good student and comes from a successful program at Marcellus,” Mosley said.
Gabrielle Russell (5-8) from South Bend (Ind.) Clay adds toughness inside at a forward spot.
Russell can also play a guard position if needed.
“Gabrielle will be a big player the next couple years for us. She is a good three-point shooter and handles the ball well. She’s strong on the perimeter too,” Mosley said.
Mosley also likes what he’s seen so far out of freshman Madeline Adams, a 5-7 forward from Union City High School in Fountain City, Ind.
“Madeline is quick and drives to the basket well. She will guard the other team’s best player a lot of the time,” Mosley said.
Just joining the season after completing the fall softball season is Mendon freshman Megan Zinsmaster, a 5-4 guard.
“Megan will make an impact once she gets comfortable with the speed of the college game. She comes from a winning program at Mendon,” Mosley said.
Leasia Jackson, freshman from Lawrence Central in Indianapolis, has provided the Lady Vikings with a big boost at guard.
“Leasia is a good long-range shooter who gives us instant offense when she enters the game. Right now she is contending for one of the starting positions,” Mosley said.
Mosley is especially high on the early-season performance of freshman Sirena Pitts, a 5-foot-11 center, out of Ocoee High School in Orlando, Fla.
“Sirena gives us a good sized center so we can keep Hannah and Gabrielle at the forward spots. She’s a great shooter and one that we expect to turn in double-digit performances in the scoring column a lot this season,” Mosley said.
Also making quite an impression early on has been freshman Taylor Coe, a 5-4 guard, out of Reading High School.
“Taylor brings experience and is another good dual-athlete. She can score and had 14 points in one of our first two games,” Mosley said.
Mosley is also pleased to have an assistant coach this season in former Constantine and Glen Oaks player Morgan Balcom.
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