OSWEGO – Angelina Schlinger's third varsity season sounds like a fresh start.
A whole lot of new.
Schlinger and the Panthers have a new coach, John Carlson. Carlson was brought aboard in May as Oswego's new varsity coach, and brings with him a new offense.
On top of that, Schlinger has started working with a new shooting coach, Plainfield-based Bob Bray.
"I'm working on following through and keeping my hand high," said Schlinger, a rising junior guard. "I've only been with him for about six weeks but I've seen a lot of improvement."
The Panthers as a whole seem to be improving.
Oswego finished off its summer schedule this week, going 3-1 at its own shootout. The Panthers lost to York and beat Fenton, Glenbard North and Joliet West.
It wrapped up a 13-4 summer which is a pretty nice base for a team trying to build off last year's 3-23 season.
"A really good summer," Carlson said. "Some of the kids were on varsity last year so they had experience together. We've put in a new system, the kids are learning to play together and play a little harder. Obviously we have some things to work on, but the kids are buying in."
Carlson, a longtime assistant at Oswego, has been preaching defense first off. He also hopes to see his players get in the weight room this fall to get stronger.
"We've kind of been getting them to play more on defense, changing up how we are playing, get them to get after it and close out harder," Carlson said. "That's something we've really emphasized."
Oswego, which won five games at the Aurora Christian Shootout and went 3-3 at Morris, no doubt has a nice base to build on.
Schlinger, McKenna Engler, Samara Bosman and Julia Henrikson lead a deep group of returning players that can handle the ball.
Oswego also has a pair of posts, twins Jenelle and Jennah Rogers, who can run the floor extremely well and showcased that ability at the shootout.
"We're giving them a lot of freedom to try to push the ball a little bit and shoot the 3-pointer," Carlson said. "They can get up and down the court. We probably have three, four, five girls who can handle the ball."
Oswego's new offense has players constantly moving, and Schlinger has noticed it's been effective.
"With us moving it gets the other team tired," Schlinger said. "We're out-running people. It's easier to get the ball and score."
On one play Henrikson got a rebound, and passed ahead to Schlinger for an easy breakaway layup. Oswego expects for more of the same.
"That helps, especially when you can outrun the team," Schlinger said. "I'm excited for the season."