With a committed group and much talent back on the wing, Wauseon girls basketball could surprise some teams this season. They are hoping to improve on last year’s 3-20 record and 2-5 mark in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play.
“I have definitely been pleased with our kids work ethic as we have begun the season,” said head coach Ashley Oyer. “The kids are working hard, playing together, and doing whatever we ask of them. We return four solid letterwinners from last year’s team who gained a lot of experience last year in a variety of situations. We will be tested again with a difficult non-league schedule, as well as (against) the quality teams in the league.”
Key returnees for the Indians are Rylee Campbell (honorable mention All-NWOAL, District 7), Mya Suarez, Alexis Suarez and Ally Tefft.
“We have quite a few athletic guards who can shoot it from the perimeter and also attack the basket,” said Oyer on the strengths of her squad. “Also, I think we will be able to push the ball up the floor and handle pressure because of the amount of guards that we have.”
Brooke Renfer is the lone player the Indians lost to graduation. They add newcomers Sam Aeschliman, Sydney Zirkle, Faith Jasso, Mercedez Osley, Chelsie Raabe, Macee Schang and Eliana Barajas.
“We have four returning letter-winners, so experience at the varsity level is something that we lack as we begin the season,” said Oyer, speaking on potential weaknesses for her team. “We lost most of our size, so we really have to focus on rebounding the basketball every possession.”
As many NWOAL coaches will likely attest, Oyer included, the league race is up in the air this season.
“I believe that this year could be a tight race for the league title,” she said. “There are many teams who have multiple key players returning. I think Swanton, Archbold, Delta, and Bryan probably have the most returning players, but I think that anyone could win on any given night.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010