As Darren Schroeder begins his seventh season as the head coach of the Peabody-Burns High School girls? basketball team, four starters return from a team that posted a 2-19 record last season.
?For us to be competitive consistently on a nightly basis in the league we will need to defend and guard, rebound, and play unselfish,? Schroeder said. ?If we can score consistently, we should improve once again this season and be competitive.?
Scoring has challeged the Warriors each of the past two seasons. The four returners have a combined per-game average in the 21-22 points range.
?Traylee Woodruff will lead us at the point this season,? Schroeder said. ?Woodruff will run the show at both ends of the floor and has a good understanding of what is expected from her this season.?
Senior Danielle Savage and junior Michaela Methvin will be the team?s tallest players?both are 5 feet, 10 inches.
?Danielle had a strong junior season in the post,? Schroeder said. ?We will rely on her to take care of the paint at both ends.?
Methvin ?will be needed to rebound and contribute in the lane,? he said.
In her senior season, Julie Wedel ?will be relied on heavily for scoring and rebounding and will be required to play inside and outside.?
Savage averaged 8.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last year; Wedel averaged 5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds.
?Hopefully, the past couple of seasons playing with this core group will start to yield some benefits this season,? Schroeder said. ?This group will play extremely hard on both ends of the floor.?
?These four are going to have to contribute every night and be consistent on both ends of the floor,? he added. ?They all have a great understanding of what we are doing.
?There are a few younger players that are competing right now for the other starting position and for the sub time off of the bench. This group works extremely hard, and will play hard every minute of the game.?
But in a league loaded with high-scoring teams, the Warriors will need to see their offensive output increase in order to be competitive.
?Scoring consistently has plagued us the last two seasons,? Schroeder said. ?If our core players and our younger group can contribute, we should be more productive on the offensive end of the court.?