The end of the season has come for the Lady Wolves basketball team. From the first game to the last, unexpected obstacles got in the way, masking their full potential.
Being down 10 players at the start of the season was a shock for Coach Shaun Sanderson. The teams lacked depth at positions. To kick off the season, three guards were listed on the depth chart, but when regionals came around they were down to none.
Sanderson elaborates on the unexpected loss to players in his roster. “There were 10 players that weren’t playing with us at first,” he said. “It was tough for us at first.”
With everything that the team went through, they needed to find players to step up and win them a game. Sophomores Lynese Johnson, Kike Ojo and Dasia Norris all stepped up in big ways leading the Wolves to a 10-5 conference record.
Johnson led the way for the Wolves averaging 16.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in the season. Ojo’s stats nearly tripled from a season ago averaging 11.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
As for others, sophomore Gianna Anderson went down with a knee injury on Jan. 8, which caused an imbalance in the team’s offense.
“Considering what we went through with injury and students not wanting to play,” Sanderson said. “Getting back to our best play improved our confidence, skill and chemistry.”
It was in the regional semi-final when the Wolves got eliminated, losing to Madison College 73 to 79. Norris put in 21 points leading the team in scoring along with contributions from other sophomores.
Next season, the Lady Wolves will not have an easy start either. The Wolves will lose five sophomores, all of which started. Replacing them will be a challenge. Four freshman will return, but with lack of experience on the court.
“All sophomores are being recruited and will continue their basketball careers,” Sanderson said. “But replacing them won’t be easy.”
The Wolves currently have three verbal commits and hope to add a total of 13 incoming freshman to the roster for next season.