Wiscasset Lady Wolverines season wraps up

Posted:  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:15am

Despite finishing 1-17, the Wiscasset Wolverines girls varsity basketball team showed a lot of improvements this season, as well as things to look forward to for next year.

When Head Coach Ben Clark was asked about improvements, expectations and future plans, he had this to say: "We did improve, in fact, I saw improvement every time we stepped on the floor. As a program we really pride ourselves in our half court defense. We want to make teams earn every point they get and I thought that by the end of the year we were a pretty good defensive team. We were able to do things with our game plans that we really weren't able to do last year, so from that standpoint I was pleased.

“Our problem continues to be how we handle ball pressure and trapping defenses. We simply turn the ball over too much to win consistently. And, when we turn the ball over so much, it doesn't allow us to do what we do best ... defend in the half court. It's something we'll need to improve on over the summer to be more successful next winter.

“I thought Hayhlee Craig had an excellent senior year. She developed into a really good all around player who we relied on for scoring, rebounding and protecting our basket. Grace Webber also really came into herself as our primary ball handler. For two years now she's been asked to play point guard for us, which is out of position for her, but she continues to get more comfortable with the ball in her hand and really came into herself as a leader on our team. As a freshman Jade Rego played her way into our rotation. She is a very solid player who did a little bit of everything for us. Once her offensive game develops she has potential to be a very good player in our league.

“Ultimately we are disappointed with our win total. However, I do believe that our program took a big step in the right direction this year. Our numbers throughout the program are up. Girls are starting to play basketball again in this town which is exciting to see. Daniela Marino had 34 girls come out for her "Bitty Baller" after school program (at Wiscasset Elementary School), and Coach Pyrtek had 15 girls on the middle School team. And, for the first time in a long time we were able to have separate junior varsity and varsity practices because we had the numbers to do so. When it comes to rebuilding our girls basketball program in this town that had to be step one, to get girls playing again. From that standpoint our season was an absolute success and it's something we hope to build on,” Clark said.

At the start of the season, senior Gabby Chapman got injured,  keeping her from playing. As it turned out, she never got back into action for the season and the Wolverines were without their main ball handler.

Lindsey Gordon and Maeve Blodgett,  both juniors, showed improvements in many aspects and will be important in next year's team.