Warriorettes promise winning season by Nicole Mosberger "Wait till next year," is about to become reality.
Every year teams say this at the end of their season in anticipation of the next one. Well, the basketball season is once again upon us. For the Wakonda Warriorettes, it promises to be a winning one.
With four of their five starters back from last year's 17-5 team, Wakonda is optimistic about their chances for a district championship repeat. The seniors have seen many minutes of playing time and experience that will help in this goal.
Besides the four returning senior starters, coach Stacy Huber will be looking to the junior and sophomore classes to round out their attack. Those who should see a lot of floor time are last year's starters Nikki Johnston, three-time all conference winner; Lindsay Nelson, two-time all-conference second team; Kim Henriksen, last year's first team selection; and Chelsa Bohlmann, defensive team player of the year.
Juniors Kelli Morrison, Bethany Parvin and Danielle Morris hope to provide some good minutes for the Warriorettes, as will sophomores Ashley Anderson, Tiffany Ganschow, and Jessica Peterson.
The Warriorettes' offense is expected to be fast-paced; with balanced scoring both outside and inside the paint. Their offensive strengths are their quickness, post play, and driving to the hoop.
On the other side of the ball, their defense is expected to be very tenacious and pressured. Their defensive strengths are quick feet, smart in anticipating opponents' tendencies, and the will to steal and rebound.
Coach Huber says this year's keys to a successful season are to stay healthy, improvement of younger players, create balanced contributions, and to rebound with a small team.
"The 9-12 team will only consist of 12 girls this season, so working with a small number should only enhance our chances for playing well together. It gives the coaching staff opportunity to communicate what each player's role will be," said coach Huber.
Huber's coaching philosophy is to "play hard and give everything we have. We expect all we can give. We play to win and to learn life's lessons through basketball."
Look to cheer the team on as their game season begins Dec. 9 at Beresford.