GAVIT GLADIATORS

Scouting the 2013-14 Gavit Gladiators girls basketball team

2013-11-09T00:00:00Z Scouting the 2013-14 Gavit Gladiators girls basketball team nwitimes.com
November 09, 2013 12:00 am

Last year: 9-14, 3-3 GLAC.

Team breakdown

First and foremost, Gavit coach Ken Anderson is looking for increased basketball IQ out of his team. The Gladiators won nine games in 2012-13 despite turning the ball over 28.6 times per game. "Taking care of the basketball is super important for us. Ball-handling and decision-making are by far the biggest things," Anderson said. "I cannot go through another season with 28.6 turnovers per game." The roster is stacked with juniors this season, so Anderson is looking at the Gladiators as a two-year project. The squad played in the Griffith summer league, including games against tough and talented Duneland schools. "They didn't give up and played all through the summer," Anderson said. "We've had good numbers." — Matt Douthett

Last season finish

Lost in Class 3A Sectional final to Griffith.

Leading returning scorer

Shanika Thornton, 10.6 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Myshaunique Loggins, 2.5 rpg.

Star power

Shanika Thornton, Jr., G: She's far and away the best offensive threat Gavit will have on the court. She hit 39 3-pointers last season, including eight in one game against E.C. Central. Coaches are trying to round out her entire game.

Newcomer to watch

Chassidy Groves, Jr., F: Groves would have played last year, but she had MCL surgery during the second week of practice. She's an undersized post player, but is an aggressive rebounder and good defender. "She's our version of Dennis Rodman," Anderson said.

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