Sand Springs Lady Sandites
Head Coach: Dustin Morrow
2015-16 Record: 17-9
Assistant Coaches: Jason Puryear, Katy Edmonson
On the heels of a 17 win season last year, the return of four starters brings plenty of cause for optimism for the Lady Sandites. VYPE Top 100 standout Sydney Pennington (5-9, Sr.) enters her third season as a starter with career averages including 15 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 steals per contest. Pennington, who has committed to Oklahoma State to play softball, will be joined by Gloria Mutiri (6-1, Jr.) who has committed to Ohio State University to play volleyball, averaging 8 points and 7 rebounds plus 2.6 blocks per contest. Shooting guards Destiny Johnson (5-8, Sr.) who tallied eight points per game along with Holly Kersgieter (5-10, So.) who chipped in six points per game provide scoring from the perimeter with Kierra McGee (5-8, Sr.) a transfer from Union to run the offense at point guard. Bench strength will be a plus with the return of Isabella Regalado (5-9, So.), Jacie Taber (5-8, So.) Jessica Collins (5-8, Sr.), Selena Hitchcock (5-6, Jr.), Amari Grant (5-6, Sr.) and Bailey Boaz (5-9, Sr.) as returning lettermen along with Lee Leslie (5-8, Sr.).
“This is an athletic group and we love to get out in transition,” said head coach Dustin Morrow. “The talent level on this year’s team also allows us to be aggressive defensively in man-to-man or in zone schemes.”
Sand Springs Sandites
Head Coach: Eric Savage
2015-16 Record: 12-12
Assistant Coaches: Chance Johnston, Brendon Collins
The Sandites go back to work with return of their top three scorers from last year giving head coach Eric Savage a solid nucleus to build his game plan for Sand Springs being in the mix for a deep playoff run next March.
The guard combination of Brooks Haddock (6-2, Jr.), who averaged 16 points per game, and Colt Savage (6-5, Jr.) who tallied 14.3 points along with 5.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists, gives Sand Springs a 1-2 punch while Kyle Keener (6-6, Sr.) provides plenty of front line insurance. In addition to his 10.8 points and eight rebounds, Keener protected the rim defensively totaling 66 blocked shots last year.
The Sandites will look to Cale Savage (6-2, So.) and Cole Durkee (6-3, So.) for added point production along with Josh Taber (6-0, Sr.), Jacob Garby (5-11, Sr.) and Peyton Golightly (6-3, So.).
“We’re going to move the ball through our three leading scorers,” admits Savage. “With a trio of three year starters each one able to take over a game, we have a solid foundation. With our ability to play solid man-to-man, we look forward to competing in the always tough Frontier Conference to prepare for the postseason.”