PBHS girls plan to rebound from winless season in 2008


PBHS girls' coach Darren Schroeder will look to the following core of eight girls to fuel his team this winter: front row (from left) Bayleigh Clark, Felecia Pohlman, Danielle Savage, Traylee Woodruff; back row, Stephanie Rempel, Paige Barnes, Michaela Methvin, Julie Wedel

Having endured a winless season in 2007-08, the Peabody-Burns girls? basketball team has plenty of room for improvement in 2008-09.

?The attitude in the program is extremely upbeat,? sixth-year coach Darren Schroeder said. ?Many of the returning players have been waiting patiently for a chance to play again, and for the first time in about four years, there will be competition for positions.

?Depth will be a strength for the team,? he added.

Four starters return from the squad of a year ago: Traylee Woodruff, Bayleigh Clark, Danielle Savage and Julie Wedel. They will be joined by letter-winners Felecia Pohlman and Michaela Methvin, and two others will push for playing time: 5-foot-8 senior Stephanie Rempel and 6-0 junior Paige Barnes.

Barnes will likely join the forward rotation anchored by Savage, a 5-10 junior, and Methvin, a 5-10 sophomore.

?Having competitive practices day in and day out will be extremely helpful for this bunch,? Schroeder said. ?Hopefully, the past couple of seasons playing with a young team will start to yield some benefits this season.?

If the Warriors can pair offensive productivity with the defensive efficiency the squad exhibited a year ago, wins will certainly follow, Schroeder said.

?I think this group will play extremely hard on both ends of the floor and will develop a very good team approach to the game as the season progresses,? he said. ?The biggest unknown going into the season is which players will step up and take on the offensive scoring burden that plagued us last season.

?We had many games that we held teams down on the defensive end, but failed to convert offensively,? he added. ?This will be our biggest concern and priority the first month of the season.?

Schroeder expects the team to find its identity when the scoring question is answered.

?Once we figure this out, team roles will fall into place and the girls will become much more comfortable with each other.?

The Warriors? season begins with a visit to Chase County Dec. 5, followed by the preseason tournament in Marion starting Monday, Dec. 8.

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