Wheatmore girls hope smaller numbers pay big dividends

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 10:15 PM

When it comes to team size, the numbers are down for the Wheatmore girls basketball team.

Just 10 players were in uniform for the Warriors as the season began as opposed to 12 last year. Head coach Nicole Clausi thinks having a smaller squad can be a good thing.

“We’re smaller in numbers but that is working out because of our teamwork,” Clausi said. “The girls are working well together.”

Clausi has plenty of experience with which to work as four starters return from a team that went 10-17, finished fourth in the PAC6 2A at 5-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The returnees are led by senior guard Taylor Walker, who averaged 18 points per game last season and recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Wingate.

“She’s the backbone of our offense,” Clausi said.

The other starters returning are junior guard Kylie Welborn, sophomore guard Casey Hawkins and sophomore post player Georgia Garrison.

Other post players include Sera Craver, a transfer from Colorado described by Clausi as the “Most aggressive post player,” and pair of freshmen – Davey Albertson and Allie Grubb. The roster also includes role player Somer Stout, freshman guard Kaitlin Stevenson and Mary Vecellio – a junior varsity player last year.

“We should be very, very quick,” Clausi said. “We should be able to score layups on offense and force turnovers on defense in transition.”