Passing The Torch

Women’s Varsity Basketball Gains Nine New Players as Season Starts

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The varsity girls basketball team poses for a photo after the BeYOUtiful Classic in November. Junior guard Avery Allmer said she has been growing with her new teammates and believes that they have great chemistry together. “I think I’m most excited for district, and to become district champs for the sixth time in a row,” Allmer said.

Cyrus Van Sickle, Reporter

As the new basketball season gets underway, the Lady Timberwolves have been working through a lot of changes. The varsity women’s team has been a powerhouse, winning two state championships back-to-back in 2021 and 2022. While a three-peat remains to be seen, the team has had to adjust to significant roster changes, with nine new members and only two returners. 

“Our biggest obstacle this year is the team injuries, finding our identity as a team and how young we are,” senior point guard Molly Ly said.  “Everyone on the roster is new coming from different backgrounds, so we’re just trying to figure out all the different roles,”  

This is Ly’s last season in high school, and she is one out of only two returners from last year’s team. With that being said, she said has a lot of responsibilities in leading the team with her experience and skills. 

“Majority of the team consists of sophomores and juniors who have never played this caliber of basketball before, so being one of the only two returners, it’s our job to teach them the culture,” Ly said.  

The second returner, junior guard Avery Allmer, has seen a lot of changes in the team and how well they play together.  Allmer was close to past players who have gone off to college, however, she said she is very excited about the new team.  

“I was unsure of how the team dynamic would be since we had a lot of new kids coming into the program, however it hasn’t been an issue and I feel like we all get along really well and have a great time together,” Allmer said. “Our passes are connecting, our offense runs smoothly and our defensive rotations are easier. I think all of those improvements came as we continued to learn how each other plays.”

Even with things going well for the team, the season still had a rocky start, especially with injuries that occurred early on. With a team that has so many new members, it seems that injuries have been the main obstacle in play.  

“Just in pre-season, we’ve had at least four of 11 players out with injuries at one time,” Allmer said. “It’s hard to lose that many players at once because we don’t have that much depth to begin with.”

Although it’s been a little harder for the team to start up, they’ve been invited to several big tournaments, one of those being the McDonald’s Texas Invitationals.  This tournament is filled with top teams around Texas and has been a big step in growth for the new team. The Lady Timberwolves first district game is Dec. 13 at Liberty Hill.