Wheaton pushing over .500 hill

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Lily Ray drives past a Cassville defender during a game this season. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Lady Bulldogs digging into final games of year

Wheaton girls basketball Coach Jessica Dermott said this season has been the most .500 the team has ever had, and she’s hoping to add a few more ticks in the win column before districts arrive.

The Lady Bulldogs’ season has been a winding one, starting at 5-0 but falling to 6-6 by the holiday break. Since then, it’s been a win one, lose one scenario, like the 53-36 loss to College Heights and the 51-41 win over Southwest.

“When we show up, we’re pretty on points and can play with anybody,” Dermott said. “Late in the College Heights game, we got tired and did not execute on defense. Against Southwest, we led the entire game and they started to come back.”

Dermott said the in-county contest is usually a brutal one, and the Lady Trojans’ gym is unfriendly to visitors.

“It’s a hard gym to play in, and no matter what year, what team or who they have, it’s always a knock-down, drag-out,” she said. “But, we handled it well and executed the entire game”

Dermott said that consistent execution is to blame for the ups and downs of the season.

“We play our best for some points in the game, but we have to do it for an entire game to win the big games,” she said.

With only four games left before the Class 2, District 12 Tournament, Dermott said she’s ready to see how things shake out.

“I think we will be the No. 3,” she said. “Miller will get the 1, and I think College Heights will be the 2. We’ve beaten all the other teams.”

On Friday, the Lady Bulldogs will have a district-tournament-level test on their hands, hosting Golden City (17-5) on Homecoming.

“It will be like when we play College Heights or McAuley in that it’s a tough game,” Dermott said. “It’s winnable, but we have to show up. I’m ready to see how this season ends. We have a lot of ball left to play really fast, so we’ll see how we finish out the year.”

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