Summer Jam: Lindsy Siegel
Summer Jam is a six-week series that will profile a different Hub Territory high school basketball player every week. The series will focus on returning players that are looking to make the next step in 2014-15. All of the answers, with the exception to coach’s take and Hub sports writer Connor O’Gara’s take, were provided by the student-athlete.
Player: Lindsy Siegel
High School: Ansley/Litchfield
Last season: Averaged team-high 15.4 points per game as a junior
Individual highlight of 2013-14 season: Scoring 23 points in subdistrict finals against rival Sandhills-Thedford
Team highlight of 2013-14 season: Battling with Sandhills-Thedford in subdistrict finals
Define your role in 2013-14: “Handling the ball, setting up plays, scoring and going to the basket and rebounding as much as I could. Mainly, I tried to quarterback the team.”
What do you expect your role to be in 2014-15?: “It’s going to be similar as to what it was last year. We’re kind of smaller this year than we were last year. I’m going to have to go inside and have to do some more inside work. I was mainly a guard last year. I might have to move to down to a post position. I’m kind of all over the place.”
Biggest off-season priority?: “I’d like to improve my jump shot. That’s one thing I’m really trying to improve.”
Goal for 2014-15: “Just to have a winning season. Competing and winning, really.”
Coach’s take: “She causes some trouble with her athleticism. She high-jumped 5-08. She’s really athletic. She could work on her outside shooting a little bit. She can get to the rim — if she has any space, she’ll get to the rim. There’s nobody that’s going to out-jump her. I know Ansley/Litchfield is going to rely on her heavily. She’s going to be that do-it-all girl. She can do it,” Siegel’s Nebraska Pride coach Kelly Cooksley said.
Connor’s take: There’s only a few players that could play just about any position in any class. Siegel is one of those players. At 5-9, the all-class state champion high-jumper is sure to make D1 coaches sweat knowing they still have to find a way to shut her down. Perhaps the only way to contain Siegel is to keep her beyond the arc, where she admittedly can — and will — improve from. Siegel could easily be a one-person offense but she likes playing the ‘quarterback’ role of making her teammates better. Double-teams will come regularly so she’ll need help from the likes of Shawna Paitz, Nicole Wardyn and Kayla Reynolds, all of whom return for a Warrior squad looking to make a run to state. Outside help and an outside jumper would give Siegel better than an outside chance of ending her high school career with all-state accolades.