Long Time: Girls hoops great gives back
by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVEâ€”It wasnâ€™t too long ago that Lyndsie Long was running up and down the court draining three-pointers against the likes of Batavia and Geneva, for highly successful Kaneland Lady Knight basketball squads.
The problem for opposing teams is that she still runs up and down the court at the college level, making life miserable for College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin teams.
However, during this week, sheâ€™s taking her tempo down a notch in an effort to teach. Long is hosting her first basketball camp for girls at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove.
â€œI want to be a P.E. teacher, and I obviously want to coach basketball,â€ said Long, entering her senior year at Elmhurst as a P.E. major. â€œIâ€™ve done a few camps this summer and thought that maybe I should try to do my own camp, and I set it up with the (Sugar Grove) Park District.â€
Long scored over 1,500 points for those noteworthy Lady Knights clubs, along with teammates Kelsey Flanagan and Jessica Lund, and in 2005 helped lead Kaneland to a sectional championship contest.
Long eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for Elmhurst back in January for coach Tethnie Wernerâ€™s roster and was the first Bluejay to be named to an all-region team from D3hoops.com and is a three-time all-CCIW member.
What better player for area girls to learn the game from?
â€œIn my Kaneland days, I think I was more set on one aspect of the game. Now, I know the whole game, and Iâ€™ve learned so much from college players and coaches,â€ Long said.
Longâ€™s Bluejays were 14-11 in the 2008-09 season.
Photo: Current Elmhurst College Bluejay and former Kaneland Lady Knight Lyndsie Long emonstrates some skills on Monday during her basketball camp, which takes place this week at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School. Photo by Mike Slodki