With five of seniors and a handful of juniors on the roster, the Weatherford Lady Roos varsity basketball team has some veteran experience on board as they ready themselves to enter another district campaign for 2012-13.
Also to their advantage, an enhanced mutual understanding between coach and players has been able to cure for more than a year. Head coach Darryn Shearmire, who had a mere six weeks to install a system last year, goes into the district slate with a much better transfer of knowledge to the Lady Roos cagers.
“I think the most progress we have made this year during pre-district has been in our defense,” Shearmire said. “We were so intent in getting the offensive system in place last year, I know we didn’t put enough emphasis on the defensive side.
“But we’ve been able to do more this year with the defense, and at the same time, take the offense up a notch, [system wise].”
The level of success during the non-district schedule illustrates an improved “second nature” benefit as the WHS girls are able to initiate and react within Shearmire’s system.
“I think [the familiarity with the system] has given the girls a little more drive and passion than we generated last year.” Shearmire said. “We have watched ourselves on film from last year and the girls can see so many ways we have improved, and that’s a stepping stone to building the confidence you need.”
The Lady Roos finished just out of the postseason picture last year, finishing the district season with a 6-8 mark in a very tough district membership that includes several teams who are perennial playoff participants.
Shearmire is encouraged by the number of times during the early season the Lady Roos have found themselves with a deficit, but were able to fight back to get back into, and the leadership by example he has seen from some of the girls.