MONMOUTH — Monmouth-Roseville Excessive Faculty’s Carly Gillen grabbed Class 2A first staff all-state for her accomplishments on the basketball court docket within the 2018-19 season.
And with the dignity comes stress for Gillen, as she wraps up her highschool profession.
Nevertheless it goes away as soon as the two-sport athlete — Gillen additionally performed volleyball for the Titans — steps onto the hardwood.
As a junior, she broke three college information — factors in a single season (605), finest common in a season (21 factors per recreation) and the one recreation factors mark (38)
“It’s a bit stress however after I get on the market the staff has one objective. It’s to win,” stated Gillen final Thursday morning. “I don’t personally care if I rating 20 if we get the job performed on the finish of the day.
“So long as I care for my job the stress fades, as a result of we’ve bought 4 different ladies on the staff who’ve jobs, additionally.”
And up to now so good for Mon-Rose, who’s off to a 12-2 begin in 2019-20 after Saturday’s 61-43 win over Camp Level Central at “The Shoebox.”
The Titans held a 16-12 general mark and completed the 2018-19 season Feb. 6 in a 98-96 double additional time loss towards Midwest Central/Delavan.
“Final yr, I feel we ended up 16-12, so we’re already on observe to a greater file if we keep centered and simply preserve transferring separately,” stated Gillen, who’s averaging 18.5 factors and seven.5 rebounds per recreation this season.
What’s led to Monmouth-Roseville’s success early on has been the truth that second-year coach Scott Weber has some depth.
Together with Gillen, senior Lily Cundiff, junior Kelci Shelton and junior Biancha Luna are the Titans’ returning starters.
Cundiff is averaging 15 factors and 6.5 rebounds per recreation in 2019-20, and Shelton is averaging 5.6 assists per affair.
Junior Ryley Huston is placing up a median of 15 factors and 6.5 rebounds per contest this season.
“I feel the important thing for us has been sharing the ball,” Gillen stated. “Coach at all times says they learn about our returners, however each single woman that will get minutes can rating. If one individual has an off evening then the entire recreation is just not over. We now have ladies that may rating from each space.”
Gillen, who stands at round 6-foot, shows versatility with a basketball in her palms. She will be able to make one thing occur exterior the perimeter, in addition to down within the paint, for the Titans.
“I’m form of in all places. It form of depends upon the staff we’re enjoying,” Gillen stated. “I can run the offense from the surface, kick it out or go publish up.
“I feel I’m higher from a brief nook assault — just a bit bit exterior the basket.”
Typically instances, Gillen attracts double and triple groups however she’s at all times going to get a minimum of a contact on the offensive finish for Monmouth-Roseville.
Gillen, who sometime may fit as a bodily therapist, has nice court docket imaginative and prescient and can discover open teammates when she’s put in robust spots.
The Titans take pleasure in battling with the Blue Bullets of Knoxville and so they’ll accomplish that at 6:30 p.m. Saturday within the Warkins Basic at Erie Excessive Faculty’s Annex Fitness center.
Again on Saturday, Nov. 23, Mon-Rose rallied to a 86-83 double additional time victory over the Blue Bullets in Knoxville.
“Once we get to that Saturday our focus goes to be on them and what we will do to win the sport however it’s going to be a very totally different scene from the final recreation as a result of we got here from behind,” Gillen stated. “It was a loopy win that occurred in double additional time.
“I feel the entire theme of the sport goes to be a bit totally different.
“We didn’t lead till the second additional time, in order that confirmed we’ve plenty of struggle in our staff.
“We’re not simply going to let groups roll over us.”