[Steven Buyansky - For Shaw Media]
The Foxes may have lost two lynch pins to their success the last three years, but they do return three starters – and Wensits likes their depth.
Wensits said that Lily Guerra and Olivia Ross did a good job of getting to the basket, and Guerra shot the 3-pointer well. Kenzie Senffner, the fourth girl back off last year's team, sees the court very well and shot the ball more this summer. Yorkville also gets back Caleigh Bishop and Haylee Reyes, two girls who missed time with injury and illness last year.
"They're two X-factors that we have to get a grasp as to how they fit in," Wensits said.
Added to that mix is a group of girls from a 20-5 back-to-back conference champion sophomore team that includes Dana Malinowski, Lexi Sandon and Lexi Meyer.
Grunwald averaged 5.4 points per game last year – fourth on Yorkville behind Daffenberg, Harrison and Guerra – and showed the ability to get to the foul line. Her defense, and that knack to take charges, is invaluable without the presence of Harrison in the rim.
"It's huge for us," Wensits said. "Lindsay averaged two blocks a game last year with her physical presence. [Taking a charge] close to the basket, it's a similar concept."
Grunwald agreed with her coach that there was a learning curve this summer, but the Foxes have shown progress.
"We haven't really played all together before, and we are a small lineup," Grunwald said. "We didn't connect at first, but as practices and each game went on throughout the month we worked hard together and we now understand how each individual plays. I think we will become a good team during the actual season."