It is a homecoming for new Lockwood girls basketball head coach Rylee Neill this year, as she enters her first season as a coach at her alma mater.
She inherits a young but experienced roster with seven sophomores who saw varsity action on last season’s 5-19 team.
Adrien Neill (guard), Gatlyn Clawson (guard), Grace Wilson (guard) and Kelsey Daniel (post) are all expected to be team leaders. Neill led that group with 10.6 points and 5.2 points per game last year. Clawson averaged 4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Wilson was the second-leading scorer with 6.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assist per game. Daniel added in 3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Neill on Adrien Neill: “high basketball IQ, strong both offensively and defensively, key rebounder, great distributor”
Neill on Clawson: “hard-nosed, aggressive player on both ends of the floor, attacks basketball well, key rebounder”
Neill on Wilson: “aggressive on both ends of the floor, experience in the point guard position”
Neill on Daniel: “gained lots of experience in the post position last year, long and athletic, runs the floor well, good rebounder, continues to improve”
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Shae Gray (guard), Payton Wilson (post) and Hannah Steeley (post) round out the returning sophomores.
Neill on Gray: “quick and aggressive defender, good communicator on the court”
Neill on Wilson: “works hard down low, aggressive defender, leader on the court”
Neill on Steeley: “strength down low, plays hard, good rebounding presence”
The freshman trio of Amaleiya Cerrone, Hanna Jackson and Breanna Burton are expected to see varsity action this year.
Lockwood opens the regular season on Nov. 19 at home against Dadeville.