FOREST CITY Kelsey Carpenter recently completed a successful freshman womens' basketball campaign at Waldorf College in Forest City. Kelsey came off the bench for the Warriors for the first two games of the season and then became a starting guard for the final 25 games of the season. Carpenter played an average of 30 minutes per game during the 2013-2014 campaign, the second-most minutes played by any player for Waldorf.
A 5'8" shooting guard, Kelsey averaged 10.4 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per contest for the Warriors. She had a season-high 18 points against the conference champion College of St. Mary's of Nebraska on Jan. 21. Her best rebounding game came against Graceland University, when she pulled down 13 boards in a game played Nov. 9, 2013.
Waldorf's Warriors were a young team the past season, with only three returning players with college experience from the past season. Waldorf went on to finish 6-8 in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference and had an overall record of 8-19 in 2013-2014.
"Kelsey had an outstanding season for us," noted veteran Waldorf Women's Head Coach Denny Jerome. "We had some growing pains early on with our inexperience, but the kids really came on late in the season. Kelsey carried an awful big load for us this year, a bigger load than any freshman should have to."
Carpenter led Waldorf in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 37 percent of her shots from behind the arc. She finished sixth in the conference three-point percentage and eighth in the league in free throw percentage, connecting on 75 percent of her charity tosses.
"Kelsey earned a lot of respect from our coaching staff and exceeded my expectations. She was one of our best all-around players this year," said Jerome.
Carpenter, a 2013 graduate of St. Peter High School, led the Warriors in scoring on four different occasions and also was the top rebounder in four games. She also scored in double figures in 15 games this season. Kelsey is the daughter of Jerry and Brenda Carpenter of St. Peter. Jerry Carpenter is a native of Ruthven and 1979 graduate of Ruthven High School. He was also a former Sports Editor for The Reporter and The Democrat newspapers in Emmetsburg.