Girls Basketball: Freshman Kennedy Weigt a big shooter for Joliet Catholic
By Tony Baranek email@example.com January 27, 2014 7:58PM
Updated: March 3, 2014 1:11PM
When Kennedy Weigt checks in to a game for Joliet Catholic, there isn’t much of a mystery as to what’s happening next.
Three-point shot. Many times, it’s three-point basket.
The 5-foot-5 freshman has one of the highest three-point shooting percentages in the Southland at 40 percent (29-of-73). She’s the best on an Angels team that features four girls who can swish with regularity from beyond the arc.
It didn’t take long for coach Ed Schodrof to promote her to the varsity right out of summer camp.
“The way she could shoot the ball, it was obviously something special,” Schodrof said. “She’s comfortable from four feet behind the arc and doesn’t lose any kind of technique. She’s got better range than me, I know that.
“She’s also got a good court sense for somebody her age. And for a kid of her stature to shoot that distance with no hesitation or effort ... she’s pretty smooth.”
Weigt played middle school basketball at Maternity BVM in Bourbonnais.
“At Maternity I was really our only player. We didn’t have much talent so I had to take over,” she said. “The (three-point ability) came from my older sister. She was a shooter.“
Weigt’s oldest sister, Taylor, played at Bishop McNamara from 2006 through ’09. Taylor Weigt was a member of two state finals teams and qualified for the state three-point contest in her freshman and senior seasons.
Kennedy Weigt burst onto the stage for Joliet Catholic in a semifinal against Hillcrest in the Rich South Galaxy Tournament. She entered in the third period and was 5-of-5 on three-pointers over a three-minute span.
“It’s really fun to play, especially with the Ekhomu sisters (Nicole and Christina) because they’re always dishing to me, always looking for me, so I always get my open shots,” Weigt said. “I’m successful with it, I guess.”
Blooming with optimism
Bloom sparkled during the week of Jan. 20 with hard-fought victories over Pickerington, Ohio, and Rich East. Blazing Trojans coach Ron Newquist said an attitude adjustment on the court may have been a reflection of his own attitude change.
“I was going to practice angry every day because they were not doing what I wanted them to do,” he said. “They weren’t working hard enough, and I had to take a step back and take a look at myself in the mirror.
“When we went to St. Louis (for a game against St. Joseph’s), we got together at the hotel and I said, ‘Look guys. I’ve been angry every day, I’ve been yelling at you guys, I’ve gotten mad. And we’re getting nowhere. We need to just start having fun.’ ”
“Have fun” were the two words Newquist put on the blackboard before the Jan. 20 game against Pickerington. The Trojans responded with a come-from-behind effort in which they scored the final six points.
“After coaching for 30 years sometimes you get full of yourself,” Newquist said. “Sometimes you get the ‘it’s my way or the highway mentality.’ You have to adjust to kids’ personalities, and that’s one thing I’ve done, and we’ve done as a team, And now we’re having fun.”
Player of the Week
Brooke Wyderski, of Marist, is the SouthtownStar Girls Basketball Player of the Week.
Wyderski, a senior forward, totaled 30 points and 11 rebounds against Joliet Catholic and 21 points and 14 rebounds vs. St. Viator.