With Angola looking like a preseason top contender for the NECC title, having back the team’s second leading rebounder is certainly a step in the right direction. Kayla Fenstermaker was the second leading rebounder as a junior but is the top returning rebounder to this year’s Angola team. She will also be the second best returning scorer and will undoubtedly be expected to shoulder more of a load in both areas.
Fenstermaker will be in her third year starting and fourth as a varsity player this coming season. To have a steady presence like that has been great and will now be critically important. Fenstermaker has seen a little bit of everything, so while teams will key more intently on teammate Hanna Knoll, it is possible that Fenstermaker will need to be a little bit of everything for the Hornets.
As one of just three Hornets to play in all 27 games last season, she went for 6-for-6 against Prairie Heights (also picking up seven steals) and shot 52 percent from the field during the season. Her best game? It was easily her 7-of-10 shooting, 16 point game in the Sectional title game win over Concordia. Angola’s pressure defense thrived in a big way thanks to Fenstermaker, who 2.4 steals (65 total) per game. She had four or more steals in a single game on seven occasions.
“Kayla is one of the best one on one defenders I have coached. She is always asked to guard the best guards (Carissa Garcia, Sydney Freeman, etc.) we’ve seen and does an outstanding job,” Angola coach Brandon Appleton says. “Our girls have a ton of respect for her because each night she may have a different role and she never complains, you can see her in the game clapping when a teammate makes a baskets, completely selfless!”