Lady Wreckers to rely on senior leadership
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Members of the Weatherly girls basketball team includes, front row from left, Catherine Strivak, Sara Heister, Tea Heister, Devon Bizarre, Erin Dougherty, Ally Isom; middle row, Jessica Polchin, Kelly Parker, Alexis Hartz, Ally Parker, Casey Grover, Jackie Gillott, manager Christina Caravella; back row, Dominique Adamczyk, Alexis Boyarsky, Courtney Lovett, Cheyanne Wallish, Shelby Berger, Samantha Hartz, and manager Stephanie Carter.
The fundamentals are stressed in the early stages of developing any skill and basketball is no different.
This year's Weatherly girls' basketball program is determined to be successful, but in order to do so it willI need those fundamentals to be taken care of, developed, and eventually carried out during games.
Every coach hopes their squad can accomplish being successful at these little things and the Lady Wreckers' Paul Hadzick is a coach that needs his roster to carry out that strategy.
The 2012-13 Weatherly squad returns four seniors and plenty of other experienced student-athletes, which allows Hadzick to relax a little, knowing that his players will maintain that required level of play. Combined with a strategy that includes pressure defense, fast breaks, and quality outside shooting, watch for the Lady Wreckers to turn some heads as the season goes on.
Erin Dougherty (forward), Alexis Boyarsky (center), Sara Heister (guard) and Devon Bizarre (guard) are those seniors that will carry the load in the leadership category.
Dougherty will be looked to to provide the team with rebounding and has a solid outside shot.
"Erin will have to control the boards for us and she has a great outside shot, when she decides to use it," Hadzick said. "Alexis has a knack for driving to the bucket and will also help with the rebounding load and contribute solid defensive ability. Sara was out with an injury a year ago, but started as a sophomore, so hopefully that will help us out, as she returns to the roster. Bizarre will come off the bench frequently, to contribute some chaos on the defensive end."
Jessica Polchin, a sophomore point guard, and Dominique Adamczyk, a junior forward, should round out the starters, although that list is subject to change.
"(Polchin) has a lot of responsibility as a sophomore, but she handles it well and Dominique is one of our best three-point shooters and can also be strong inside," Hadzick said.
Also expected to contribute for the Wreckers are sophomore forward Kelly Parker, sophomore guard Tea Heister, freshman guard/forward Alexis Hartz and freshman guard Shelby Berger.
Parker, a solid rebounder, aggressive defender and strong outside shooter, along with Heister, who has plenty of speed, are two JV players from a year ago that are looking to be successful in making the transition to the varsity level an impressive one. Meanwhile, the freshmen tandem of Hartz and Berger will be looked to for contributions almost immediately. According to Hadzick, Hartz is "fearless and really aggressive," while Berger is "probably our best outside shooter on the team."
Defensively, the Wreckers will be looking to create a little anarchy for opponents, as they intend to incorporate a match-up, man-to-man defense that worked well in scrimmages in the preseason, causing Hadzick to stay with it for the beginning of the regular season.
"We want to run as we do every year," Hadzick said. "Hopefully, our ability to transition from defense to offense will create a lot of easy baskets for us."
Getting back to the fundamentals, Hadzick related, "If we take care of the turnovers, the free throws and the other fundamentals, we should be competitive and successful. We have to crawl and crawl well, then we can walk. When we walk well, we can eventually run."