by Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — Another season of Collinsville High School girls basketball is underway.
Coach Colin Moore returns a pair of experienced starters to the floor in the presence of four-year starter Ella Guerrero and three-year starter Talesha Gilmore. Senior Katie Bardwell also returns to the fold.
“They are kids who understand what it’s like to play varsity basketball,” said CHS coach Colin Moore. “They are a fun, hardworking group.”
However long-time stalwarts Megan Janson (Parkland) and Jenna Scheller (SWIC) have moved on to play in college.
“It’s kind of a new start,” said Moore. “The kids are willing to work hard. We have multiple sport athletes who are competitive in practice. They are buying into what we are trying to do. Our biggest challenge may be that it is tough to keep up the motivation where it is now because it’s a four-month season.”
Other Kahoks vying for playing time include Lily Carlisle, Karly VanDyke, Carsyn Moad and Danajah Willis.
“We definitely actually have eight to 10 girls who can handle varsity for sure,” Moore said.
After the home opener with Cahokia Tuesday night (results were not available at press time) Collinsville travels to Granite City tonight.
On Monday they face defending Class 1A state champion Okawville in their opening game at the Nashville Tournament before taking on Mt. Vernon the following night. The tourney concludes on Thanksgiving weekend.