Wheaton girls showing progress, having fun

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Wheaton's Jera Prewitt fights through a double team to get to the basket at the Southwest Holiday Tournament. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

With just 6 players on the roster, team is forced to be sound

It is a very lonely bench for Wheaton Coach Jessica Lombard this season.

After her starting five take the floor, she is left with just one reserve player by her side.

She jokes that some coaches talk about being six-players deep, for her it is a reality.

"I've told the girls that they can't quit and run out of steam," Lombard said. "We don't have enough players to sub for them."

Despite what appears to be a major handicap, the Lady Bulldogs, according to their coach, have grown by leaps and bounds.

"We are a completely different team today than where we were at the start of the season," said Lombard. "Our small roster has allowed us to come together like a family. That closeness helps."

Lombard is realistic when it comes to her team's evaluation.

She said that they have to value the ball the more and limit opponent's rebounds by blocking out better.

"We have to focus on doing the little things right," Lombard said. "As we get into the meat of our schedule we have to get better each week."

Help is on the way for the Lady Bulldogs with nine players expected to join the team as freshmen next season.

Wheaton hosts Galena on Jan. 8. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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