Top players: Seniors Lindsey Williams (F/C) and Grayson Corbett (PG/G); junior Alyssa Bialek (G); sophomore Rachel Lazris (G).
What to expect: After winning just three games in county competition last year, the Wildecats are under new management with longtime Glenelg Country coach Bob Cranford taking over.
Senior forward/center Lindsey Williams returns as the county’s best shot-blocker from a year ago. Her 80 swats in the 2012-13 season led the county.
With five seniors and 14 girls overall, Cranford said his team is “loaded” with junior and sophomore talent.
The coach said he was excited to see players like Alyssa Bialek and Rachel Lazris get into county play.
“Rachel is a phenomenal kid,” he said. “She’s a pit bull on the floor and she doesn’t get tired. She just plays the game really well.”
Grayson Corbett also returns for a Wildecats team that Cranford said is really starting to “buy into” what he’s teaching.
“They seem to love what’s going on,” he said. “They’re not just going through the motions.”
A new offensive scheme may prove to be a challenge early for Wilde Lake, but Cranford said he expects the rust to shake off as the season matures.
“They’re going to make mistakes out there,” he said. “I want to win them all, but if we win one more game than last year, (it means) we progressed forward.”
Coach: Jason Bennett
Last season: (9-5 IAAM C, 16-9)
Top players: Seniors Courtney Hayes (G) and Christina VanWingerden (G); freshmen Amanda Rickett (G/F) and Abby Heffler (G).
What to expect: With some turnover evident from last season’s 16-9 team, the Yellowjackets are in rebuilding mode.
Many of the girls that make up this year’s roster do not have the experience that other schools in IAAM C Conference play may possess.
Still, with players like senior guards Christina VanWingerden and Courtney Hayes, Chapelgate has the potential to surprise some schools.
Hayes has a knack for finding an open 3-pointer, and VanWingerden has no problem fighting through traffic to get to the basket.
Chapelgate athletic director Jason Bennett will serve as coach this season.