WIINDSOR -- The WSS Hatchets girls' basketball team returns six letter winners, including the inside duo of Megan Schlechte and Nikki Trussell, who averaged 15.5 and 11.8 points per game last season respectively . The Hatchets went 13-15 last year and finished third in the National Trail Conference tournament . WSS adds five freshmen coming off a substantial post-season run as 8th graders.
“Our goals for this season are to improve upon our overall record from the previous two years of the program,” said WSS coach Mariah Bolin “In our first year as a program we finished fifth in the NTC Tournament and last year we finished third. This year we are hoping to finish even stronger. Besides game goals, our goal is to focus on the little things such as communication and fundamental basketball."
The Hatchets lost Becca Schlechte from last year due to graduation. She averaged 11.5 points per game. Megan Schlechte earned first team all-NTC honors averaging 15.8 points per game, while Trussel earned honorable mention status and averaged 11.8 points per game. Megan Schlechte was also named to the JG-TC All-Area team and averaged 7.6 rebounds as well as 2.3 steals and 1.3 assists per game.
Along with Schlecte and Trussell, two guards, senior Madison Everett and junior Katrina Davis have caught Bolin’s eye in the early part of the season.
“I expect Madison and Katrina to step up and be big role players and leaders this year,” said Bolin. “They both have excelled at practice as being great communicators. Katrina plays a big role on the team and directs players on the floor. She knows the plays and knows where everyone needs to be.”
The chemistry the varsity starters over the last three years will be key to the early success in the season for the Hatchets according to Bolin.
“We have all been together since the starting five were freshman,” said Bolin. “They got thrown into the varsity environment as freshman and have matured greatly over the last two years as players. However, right now we have practiced the last two weeks with only 7 girls. We have 3 who are on the state-bound volleyball team and will get them the day of our first game. After they are back, I look for their addition to be a big strength.”
The Hatchets averaged 45.6 points per game last season and allowed 48.4.
Along with the return of the volleyball players, Bolin is to be looking for big things from freshmen Hannah Hayes and Chloe Dasenbrock, both of whom are to be fighting for the fifth starting spot, and mentioned specifically their speed and knowledge of the game as two positive characteristics they bring to the table.
The Hatchets have one senior, four juniors, two sophomores and five freshmen for a total of 12.
There is to be some intriguing matchups along the way including conference matchups at Effingham St. Anthony, and non-conference opponent Okaw Valley, who features the JGTC area’s leading scorer in Paige Robinson. The season started with a big NTC game out of the gate, when they traveled to Altamont Monday.