By Chris Parker
Warsaw is looking to improve on last season’s 7-18 finish with senior Aubrie McRoberts leading the way.
McRoberts has been a double-double machine over her first three years at Warsaw averaging 16.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game over her first 73 games in a Warsaw uniform. Last year was her best statistical year averaging 22.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
“There are three things that make Aubrie special. One, she is a great person. Two, she is the hardest worker every drill of every practice. Three, she has a natural instinct for the game, she understands angles and anticipates better than others,” Warsaw head coach Cody Morgan said.
The sophomore quartet of Mira Segar (post/guard), Karlie Jones (post), Taylor Howe (point guard) and Julie Long (guard) return after all saw time at the varsity level last season. Howe was the leading scorer among that group at 3.8 points per game.
Freshman Ashley Spry is expected to have an immediate varsity impact as a freshman.
This group is tight-knit, which will be a strength this winter.
“This team has played a lot together. I purposely played this group together as much as I could last year,” Morgan said. “We played a season’s worth of games together this summer, and outside of basketball four of the five have played travel softball together for years too. This summer you could tell they were beginning to click as one team with one goal in mind. That was a real positive for me to see.”
Depth will be something the Lady Wildcats will need to develop.
“We need to find some bench depth. Through graduation and other players not coming back out, we are going to need to develop some bench deep especially in the guard role,” Morgan said. “We need to be great defensively. We are not deep so staying out of foul trouble is a must. We are really going to have to improve defensively throughout the season so we don’t put ourselves or our teammates in bad positions that generate fouls.”
Overall, improvement on the court and in the win column are the goals for Warsaw girls basketball.
“We want to continue to get better. We want to take the next step this season and win more of those close games that we have been in the last two years, and get a few games that we were not supposed to get too. It’s all about being fundamentally strong and mentally tough,” Morgan said.
Warsaw opens the season on Nov. 25 at Cole Camp.