Depth a key factor for WHHS girls

By ALEX WILLIAMS State Journal Sports Writer Published:

For Western Hills girls basketball coach Jim Masters it's depth over starpower that comprises his roster this season.

Gone is Meredith Plant, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season, and in is a host of returning talent led by three seniors - Rachel Mann, Melissa Simpson and Mollie Wade.

Masters looks to his senior trio to lead this year's team, but Wade, Mann and Simpson will certainly have a stellar supporting cast. WHHS returns nine players with previous experience on the varsity level.

Among the several underclassmen expected to see extensive action are Anne Brady, Davin Caudill, Alicia McCarty and Lauren Reed.

"We're in a situation where we have a really deep team, but we don't necessarily have a star," Masters said. "We're all pretty consistent in our play so it's going to allow us to play as many as 12 girls in a varsity game."

A deep bench bodes well for Masters, who's in his first season as WHHS coach. He plans on fueling a high octane offense, applying full-court pressure and getting all his players quality minutes.

And the inordinate amount of players getting quality minutes is something Masters has never had the luxury of before.

"I've actually never encountered a situation where I've had this many players where we could play at this level," Masters said. "There should be a lot of competition with people competing for more and more playing time."

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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