The Wilmington College Lady Quaker Basketball team opens up the season on Friday November 17th at home versus the Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels at 6:00 PM. The Lady Quakers have a young, talented team and they hope they can lean on the leadership of their returning and experienced players.
I think it has the potential to be a very, very good team. – Jerry Scheve, Head Coach
Head Coach Jerry Scheve knows he has a young team but he believes this team has the potential to do some great things. “I think this team has a lot of talent, we lost a really good core of players to graduation this year, but I think we have replaced them with a very good freshmen class and it may take time for this team to gel but I think it has the potential to be a very, very good team,” said Scheve.
The Lady Quakers are also looking towards the return of guard Ellie Kivell, who is returning from an injury that kept
her out all of last season. “It’s definitely bitter-sweet, knowing this could be my last season, but it’s a little different for me because I’m coming off of last year’s injury and right I am trying to focus on that,” said Kivell.
As a leader Kivell plans to bring energy to the team every time she steps out on the court. “Just to come out on the floor with energy, no matter what the score is. Whether it is my first time getting in the game or it’s the fourth quarter. Whether we are down 20 points or up 20 points, just to keep playing, finish the game, and always play with energy because you never know what will happen in this conference from the first game to the championship game, said Kivell.
The Lady Quakers have a young team and this means they will rely on the leadership of the returning juniors and seniors.
“I expect our leaders to do exactly what they have been doing so far, since the first day of school. Before we even started basketball activities they really got these players together. Our leaders have had high expectations for their teammates, they are living those expectations themselves, and they are expecting their teammates to do the same,” said Scheve.
One of the leaders for the Lady Quakers is junior Mackenzie Campbell. Campbell said “I plan to show leadership this season by being vocal, making sure everyone is working hard and doing the best they can, so that we can make it to our goal of winning a national championship.”
I plan to show leadership this season by being vocal, making sure everyone is working hard and doing the best they can, so that we can make it to our goal of winning a national championship. – Mackenzie Campbell, junior
On October 6th, Campbell was named a preseason All-American by DIII News, following her first-team All Ohio Athletic Conference selection last season. Campbell is only the second sophomore in Wilmington history to be named first-team all-conference.
Campbell and Scheve both have big expectations for this year’s team and they have the same end goal. “Our goals are the same every year – two goals, really. Number one is to get better everyday and number two is to win a national championship. It never made sense to me to set goals lower than that,” said Scheve.
Campbell said, “coming in as a freshman my big goal was to get another banner and win an OAC and national championship. Campbell wants to be remembered as a hard worker and someone who made an impact on Wilmington Athletics.
Coach Scheve says he hopes the 2017-2018 Lady Quakers Basketball team will be remembered as a team that got better everyday, played to their potential, and created exciting memories.