The last time that Concordia Lutheran took the court with Chanteese Craig in the paint, they were Sectional champions and winners of 17 games. That was NOT last season. As the Cadets adjust to life without one of the program’s best players ever, getting Craig back to team with her sister Chastity in the post could keep them in the conversation.
Craig sat out the entirety of the 2018-2019 season injured, leaving a big hole in Concordia’s team and especially their interior defense. Others stepped up, but based on Craig’s experience as a freshman, she would have made a major difference last season. Now a junior, Craig steps back into a critical role. In her lone varsity season, Craig was second on the Cadets in scoring with 8.7 points per game, also averaging 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.3 steals.
If your memory is short, you may not recall how difficult it was to score against Craig, who took off immediately with six blocks against a tough Bellmont team in just the second game of her career. She also blocked seven shots against Norwell and five shots in a Regional loss to Fairfield that season. Around the rim, Craig is very difficult to score on as she brings an intimidating presence matched with a natural flow. Offensively, she had seven double-doubles during her freshman season, scoring a career best 24 points to go with 11 rebounds and four steals against Snider. She shot 50 percent from the field during that freshman season.
“Chanteese was injured all year. We are hoping to have her healthy all season,” says Concordia Lutheran coach Dave Miller.