Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Garber’s girls have had to learn patience in the preseason.
The Lady Wolverines had their first two scheduled basketball games (Kremlin-Hillsdale, Nov. 16 and Okeene, Nov. 20) postponed because Garber still was involved in the Class B football playoffs.
Coach Jamie Davis’ crew finally will play for real tonight when they host Skeltur Conference rival Drummond in the first half of a girls-boys doubleheader at 6:30 p.m.
Waiting is nothing new for the Lady Wolverines, who had their season started even later when the current seniors were freshmen and GHS won the state football title.
“They handled it real well,’’ Davis said. “The last two weeks of practice have been the best we have had so far. That shows their maturity.’’
Davis, 152-65 in nine seasons at Garber, didn’t mind the extra sessions.
“It never hurts,’’ she said. “You always can work on more things. We have taken advantage of the extra practice time, but we are anxious to start playing.’’
Garber graduated Sydney Postier, a first-team Enid News & Eagle All-Northwest Oklahoma selection last year, but returns four starters from a 16-12 team.
Back are four-year starters 5-foot-8 guard Jennifer Pralle (8.8 ppg, 6.0 rebounds), 5-1 guard Chelsi Bolin (8.6 and 1.4), 5-7 forward Madeline Leathers (7.3 and 7.5) and three-year starter 5-5 guard Megan Terry (8.5 and 2.6).
“I think they can collective pick up from what we lost from Sydney,’’ Davis said. “We’re really balanced. We can spread defenses out. It will make it more difficult to defend us because every kid can score.’’
Shealynn Garrett, a 5-7 junior, will be the other starter. Garber returns two other veteran seniors in 5-5 forward Jordan Powell and 5-5 guard-forward Carly Collins.
Garrett can play all five positions, Davis said.
The five starters compliment each other well.
“Each kid brings something different to the table,’’ Davis said. “We’re not the biggest team by any means, but they play well for their size.’’
Drummond, 3-2, has played five games, the last being a 74-29 loss to Lomega last week.
“That’s just one of the things we have to deal with,’’ Davis said. “The kids understand the importance of this game (conference opener for both teams). They will be ready. They know what to expect and how to handle themselves.’’
The schedule picks up quickly with Garber hosting Hennessey Friday and going to the week-long Frontier Shootout next week.
“The girls are definitely ready and excited to play,’’ Davis said.