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BUCKNER – Oldham County has experience where it matters most.
The Lady Colonels won the District 29 championship last year for the first time since 2008 and bring back point guard Kasey Wernert, center Abigail Stewart and forward Jayla Davis, all seniors.
The returning talent has coach Jace Bryant excited about the 2014-15 Lady Colonels’ potential.
“Our point guard and post have a lot of experience,” Bryant said. “It’s the wing positions where we’ll be really young.
“...But we’re excited about our young players. If there’s one spot where you can overcome some youth, I always think the wing is a spot you can overcome.”
Bryant was talking after his team beat LaRue County 55-41 in a summer league game at OC.
The Lady Colonels are 5-1 this summer as of Tuesday morning, with two wins over Carroll County and one each over Madison Central, LaRue and Bullitt Central.
“This is good for us,” Bryant said of his team’s summer period. “We’re getting better and we’re getting better when we play good teams like LaRue County.”
Wernert ran things at point guard last year, averaging five points per game.
The experience she brings back to that position is important, Bryant said.
“You don’t want young kids at point running the show for you if you can keep from it,” Bryant said. “Kasey’s been a really good leader to those young kids so far this summer with all the games she’s played in her high school career. She’s really helping them out.”
Stewart averaged 6.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last year playing alongside Jenna Kirk in the post.
Now that Kirk has graduated, Bryant said he wants to see Stewart take on a scorer’s role.
“We know she’s going to be one of the best defensive players in the region,” Bryant said of Stewart. “We know she’s going to be probably the best shot blocker in the region.
“I’m just encouraging her to be a scorer. When she catches in the middle of the zone, last year she did a great job catching and looking for Ashley (McMurtrey).
“That was a good role for her. This year I want her to be the scorer.”
And with McMurtrey gone to college, there’s a scoring void to the tune of 23.9 points per game that has to be filled.
Bryant is looking to underclassmen to fill that role, with eighth-graders, freshmen and sophomores competing for playing time on the wing.
“If someone plays a zone, I know that our young kids are shooting it well right now,” Bryant said. “And if some people pressure us in man, I feel we have enough ballplayers that, even though they’re young... those wings are used to playing point guard in middle school.”
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