By Chris Chaney
The Williamsburg Lady Wildcats have enjoyed some of their most successful seasons in school history over the past few years. Great success usually comes as the result of great talent, something that the Lady Wildcats had in spades with the likes of Tara Dennis and Heidi McManus — two of the school’s all-time greats — lacing it up.
Now that both have been lost to graduation, things are looking a little different for the blue and white as they try to navigate their way to another winning season without two players who have been mainstays in year’s gone by.
“We lost roughly 40 points from last year and that’s hard to replace,” head coach Ken Lowe said of his departed one-two punch.
The 2012-13 season didn’t start out the way that Lowe and the Lady Wildcats would have liked it to — dropping their first five games — but the team has come on strong as of late, winning two of their last three contests.
The slow start was something Lowe has drawn a direct correlation to the lack of experience on the roster.
“It started off a little rough because the kids need to get to the point where they can be used to playing with one another,” Lowe said. “They haven’t played with each other at all really.”
However, as the season elapses, the team is gelling with each passing day.
“We have one lady, Becca Chase, who is our leading scorer, but didn’t get to play last year because she got hurt playing soccer,” Lowe said. “We have some other scorers like Ainsley Guess and Sarah Wetzel. We just have to try and get all the kids to play together.”
At 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Southern Buckeye Conference, the Lady Wildcats have certainly found themselves behind the eight-ball as far as league play is concerned, but they have another go-round with the National Division before season’s end to turn it around.
Currently inactive until Jan. 3, the Lady Wildcats will hope to string the momentum gained from the last three games into 2013.
“Our key going forward is to just be patient,” Lowe said. “We’re running a new offense, which is a read and react. We want to get the kids to get to the point where they know what that’s all about. Once they get to that point, then I think our games are going to be a lot more fluent.
“We played Batavia and lost by eight, then CNE and lost by two, so we have had some good games, but not smart as far as turnovers are concerned.”
If the Lady Wildcats can fix some of those miscues, they could turn what was potentially a lost season into something special.