SCHAUMBURG – St. Charles East senior forward Sara Rosenfeldt led her team in scoring on Thursday.
In fact, she scored nearly 50 percent of the Saints’ total points against Evanston.
But that’s not the surprising fact of St. Charles East’s second game of the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Saints tossed away passes with reckless abandon, committing a whopping 29 turnovers in a 44-29 loss to Evanston.
The 6-foot Rosenfeldt enters her final season with a target on her back. As a junior, she averaged 19.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She signed with Alabama-Birmingham in November.
Rosenfeldt dealt with a constant wave of athletic defenders on Thursday. She shot 5-for-9 from the field, scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
“I think in the future we will play better and really well together,” Rosenfeldt said. “We have a lot of shooters, and that helps me inside with my game.”
Rosenfeldt is one of three players to sign with the Blazers from the Chicago area. Geneva senior point guard Margaret Whitley and Prospect guard Emily Frasco all committed to UAB.
“All [three] of us have been playing against each other since we were little, in fourth grade,” Rosenfeldt said. “We’ve all been rivals, but we like each other a lot.”
As the Saints’ primary post player, Rosenfeldt said she worked on her outside shot during the offseason. She admitted not shooting many 3-pointers last season.
“I definitely worked on more conditioning and more shooting,” Rosenfeldt said. “I’ve had my post game since I was a freshman, and always been one of the tallest players. I want to be more of a multi-purpose player.”
The Wildkits (1-1) exposed the Saints’ weaknesses and their unfamiliarity with first-year coach Aubree Schuett’s system. The Wildkits lost four starters from last season’s talented team, but their fullcourt pressure coupled with overextending on the passing lanes led to a flurry of turnovers for the Saints at key moments.
Schuett said the Saints, including Rosenfeldt, will learn from the 15-point loss.
"I feel a tremendous obligation to help Sara grow her game, so she can become more of a well-rounded player," Schuett said. "What happens next is helping her understand what happens next when you are double and triple-teamed. She's not a secret. We work on what happens a lot after the initial catch inside. We're trying to put Sara in a position to make the other people around her better."
Schuett plans on repeatedly watching the film of Thursday’s defeat. The Saints (1-1) scored three points in the second half – all in the third quarter.
“We’re real youthful as far as varsity floor time is concerned,” Schuett said. “I think having a game like this so early in the season is expected…You are not going to win a basketball game making those mistakes. The good thing is it wasn’t a conference game, good thing it’s early in the season and good thing we will get back in the gym and fix it.
“We’re going to also watch this tape, and I think it’s a powerful tool. I find film is a tremendous tool.”