SHS girls varsity

The Sullivan High School varsity basketball team for 2021-22 includes seniors Delainey and Gracie Shorter; juniors Avery Wiltermood, Lauren Craighead and Klaire Williams; sophomores Kyla Perkinson, Lexi Grindstaff, Lexis Drake, Kimber Ladson and Laura Chastain; and freshman Jacie Wilson.

SULLIVAN GIRLS BASKETBALL

VARSITY

NO.NAMEPOS.HT.GR.

1 Delainey Shorter G 5-712 

3 Kyla Perkinson G 5-610 

5 Alexis “Lexi” Grindstaff F 5-910 

10 Kimber Ladson G 5-210 

12 Avery Wiltermood G 5-611 

20 Lauren Craighead G 5-511 

23 Lexis Drake G 5-810 

25 Laura Chastain F/C 5-1110 

33 Gracie Shorter G 5-612 

35 Jacie Wilson F/C 5-99 

45 Klaire Williams F/C 5-1111 

JUNIOR VARSITY 

NO.NAMEPOS.HT.GR. 

3 Cabela Golish G 5-39 

5 Ava Singhurse G 5-59 

10 Aphtyn Earley F 5-89 

12 Colie Boyll F 5-79 

15 Isabelle Harris G/F 5-89 

20 Chloe Mason G 5-49 

23 Grayce Cooper F 5-810 

25 Coriawna (Cori) Pirtle G 5-510 

32 Laura Chastain F/C 5-1110 

33 Gaige Goodman G 5-69 

35 Jacie Wilson F/C 5-99 

Varsity coach: Julie Meeks (18 seasons at SHS, 220-196; 23 seasons overall, 258-254).

JV coach: Cobie Harrison.

Volunteer coaches: Caelan Jones, Kyle Perkinson and Jodi Lammers. 

Managers: Dani Mize, Aphia Cartwright and Jaylynn Brown.

SHS GIRLS BASKETBALL

DATE OPPONENT/SITE TIME

Nov. 5 Vincennes Lincoln W 56-50

Nov. 9 at Bloomfield W

Nov. 13 at Owen Valley W

Nov. 16 WRV W

Nov. 19 at Washington L 

Nov. 27 Indian Creek L 

Dec. 1 at South Knox 6 p.m.

Dec 2 Northview (JV) 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3 at Northview (V) 6 p.m. 

Dec. 9 at North Putnam (JV) 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 10 North Putnam  (V) 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 11 at Brown County 6 p.m. 

Dec. 14 at Shakamak 6 p.m. 

Dec. 16 at Greencastle (JV) 6 p.m.

Dec. 17 Greencastle 6 p.m.

Dec. 18 at Clay City Noon 

Dec. 20 Edgewood 6 p.m.

Dec. 27 Monrovia Tourney TBA 

Jan. 6 at South Putnam (JV) 6 p.m.

Jan. 7 South Putnam (V) 6 p.m. 

Jan. 11 North Central 6 p.m.

Jan 13 West Vigo (JV) 6 p.m.

Jan. 14 at West Vigo (V) 6 p.m. 

Jan. 19 North Knox 6 p.m. 

Jan. 21 at Cloverdale 6 p.m.

Jan. 25 Linton 6 p.m.

Feb. 1 Sectional TBA

Feb. 4 Sectional TBA

Feb. 5 Sectional TBA

Feb. 12 Regional TBA 

Feb. 19 Semi-state TBA

Feb. 26 State TBA

Sectional at Washington

Regional at Charlestown

  

With the exception of senior twins Gracie and Delainey Shorter, Sullivan coach Julie Meeks will have a young team in 2021-22.

“The twins are the only seniors we have,” said Meeks, who is 220-196 in her first 18 seasons at her alma mater. “They have played a lot of basketball over the last three years.

“Even though we don’t have any other seniors, we do have some girls that have played quite a bit, But we also have some girls that we expect to be playing their first varsity basketball.

Gracie, who averaged 18.8 points, 3/4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game last season, has already scored over 1,000 points in her career.

Delainey tossed in 12.6 ppg. as a junior. She also collected 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

“Obviously, Gracie and Delainey will set the tone for us on both ends of the court,” said Meeks. “Just like they have for the past three seasons.

“They have continue to improve throughout their careers. I expect both of them to have very good senior seasons.”

Center Klaire Williams returns at center. Last year, Wiliams averaged 7.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

“Klaire did the bulk of our rebounding last year,” said Meeks. “Hopefully, we will be able to help her our on the boards this year.

“She just continues to get better. She will be a big part of what we do this year.”

Avery Wiltermood, who scored 13 points in a 56-50 win over Vincennes Lincoln to start the season, also returns to the starting lineup. She averaged 5.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season.

“Avery is capable of making big shots,” said Meeks. “She also is a young player, but has played a lot of basketball.”

Williams was ill and unable to play against Vincennes Lincoln. Freshman Jackie Wilson stepped in and started at center. She scored six points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

“Jackie did a great job on the boards,” said Meeks. “She is almost 6-feet tall and will be a part of our rotation.”

Sophomores Lexis Drake and Laura Chastain are both recovering from knee injuries.

“It is still going to be a slow process back for both Lexis and Laura,” said Meeks. “Lexis just got released from the doctor.

“Laura was cleared earlier and is back playing the JV. We are looking forward to both of them eventually getting back to full strength.”

Kyla Perkinson averaged 1.3 points and 1. 1 rebounds in 11 varsity appearances a year ago.

“Kyla can come in and knock down shots for us,” said Meeks. “We expect her to be a part of our varsity rotation.”

Sophomore Kimber Ladson joins the varsity after playing at North Central a year ago.

“Kimber gives us another varsity player with experience,” said Meeks. “We are glad to have her.”

Sophomore Lexi Grindstaff will be in the rotation as a big for the Lady Arrows.

She played in 17 games a year ago, contributing 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds.

“‘Grindy’ gave us good minutes off the bench against Vincennes Lincoln,” said Meeks. “She will be another player that we expect to step up and rebound for us this year.

“We have more people to help our Klaire on the boards this year.”

Meeks said that Lauren Craighead returns with experience at the guard position. She averaged 0.4 points in 11 games last year.

Last year the Lady Arrows won 14 games and finished third in the Western Indiana Conference with an 8-2 mark.

“The conference will be very competitive again,” said Meeks. “There are several teams that will be competing for a conference championship. We expect to be one of those teams.

“…The sectional will again be competitive with Washington and Vincennes Lincoln. It was good to start with a win over Lincoln, but we have to keep working and improving to have the kind of season we would like to have.”

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