“Lou Hawkins has proven to be one of our toughest players so far this year,” Shearmire said of the senior forward. “She just hangs in there and I don’t think there is any quit in her.
“But you can say that about this team.
There is definitely a will to win with these girls. It’s a progression they have gone through”
Hawkins is one of the more consistent scorers thus far for the Lady Roos, along with junior guard Abbye Shearmire, who is prone to get hot from beyond the 3-point arc. But one of the tendencies Coach Shearmire has seen with the current Lady Roos is the unselfish atmosphere among the squad.
“These girls have learned, and are still learning, to play well together — and they have fun,” he said. “They really don’t care who scores. They like to see how many rebounds they can get or how many deflections. It’s all about the things that are noteworthy to the team, because they realize all of those things help you to win.”
The athletic talent in District 3-5A is formidable, just as it was last year, because the only thing the UIL changed with realignment back in February was the district designation. The members are the same. While Shearmire is sure the intimidation factor may have been in the mix last season because of the formidable competition, he is just as convinced the Weatherford girls are getting to the point of seeing their skills improve and sharing a belief in those skills.
“A colleague of mine once said that ‘coaches don’t put confidence in players. Skill does that’” the coach said. “These girls have elevated their skills over the past year and the confidence gained will no doubt help us to compete in this district.