Lady Wreckers optimistic despite losses
Andy Steinmetz/TIMES NEWS Weatherly girls basketball team members for the 2010-11 season include, front row from left, Jaime Dougherty, Tracy Galada, Kristina Hansen, Brittany Hinkle, Alicia Panzarella and Devon Bizarre. Back row, Kylie Marier, head coach Paul Hadzick, Heather Cichowic, Courtney Lovett, Cheyanne Wallish, Dominique Adamczyk, Alexis Boyarski, Amber Dolinsky, Sara Heister, and assistant coach Mike Kurtz.
For Weatherly girls basketball coach Paul Hadzick, the scenario is a little different this year with graduation taking a hefty amount of his players from last season.
In fact, 89 percent of last year's offense is gone and yet the optimism remains at a high level for the Lady Wreckers.
Planning to combat the potential problem of lost personnel, Hadzick aims to accomplish this "with a bunch of good underclassmen."
"Of course, we'll need to have a different look on offense with our lineup having three guards and maybe even four on the floor at one time," Hadzick said. "We should be centering around Brittany Hinkle on offense with her height and we'll be using our speed as much as possible."
With the departure of last season's starting five, the next highest scorer that returns for Weatherly is junior guard Alicia Panzarella, who averaged 1.67 ppg. a year ago.
Hadzick welcomes back a crew of girls that are benefiting from the intersquad competition and that will hopefully translate into some competition against other teams on the schedule.
"They're ready to go," Hadzick said. "They're coming off a great JV season and are very excited each day at practice to improve. There are actually five position openings and they're all competing for them."
As mentioned before, senior frontcourt staple Brittany Hinkle will draw attention. "She'll be our inside presence and we'll be looking to her to handle the rebounding duties with her good jumping ability," Hadzick said.
Junior Tracy Galada brings some nice ball-handling ability and according to the coach, "is the girl that can get the others motivated and get things going for us out on the floor."
Sophomore Erin Dougherty is another guard that will see definite playing time for the Lady Wreckers this season. "As a sophomore, she really has no fear out there and she can take the ball to the basket well," said Hadzick.
Junior Alicia Panzarella will be counted on, as well as classmate Jamie Dougherty. "Panzarella has become a better shooter and brings some good, aggressive defense to the team," Hadzick said. "Jamie really developed her shot. She's aggressive in going to the basket and she rebounds well, so she should see a lot of playing time."
A sophomore that Hadzick also commented on was Sara Heister. "She's probably all-around, our quickest player and will probably start a lot of games for us throughout the year."
Rounding out the roster for Weatherly are junior Devon Bizarre, sophomore Alexis Boyarsky and freshman Dominique Adamczyk, who will be sure to see quality minutes, as the season progresses.
Despite so many underclassmen on the roster, and all five starters departing from last season's squad, Hadzick remains optimistic when setting up his goals.
"We'll run a good balance of players out onto the floor. A lot more than we did in previous seasons," Hadzick stated. "Our pressure on defense will get the game up-tempo for us and the Schuylkill League is always tough, so every team on our schedule will be a battle for us."