Wheeler finished 6-14 overall and 2-8 in the ECC-Small and placed fifth in the six-team division.
Returning to varsity:
Jess Muller (F/C), Jess Morgan (G).
Mckenzie Brayman (G/F), Kylie Baker (F/C), Kaite Morgan (G).
Lexi Galluci (F).
New to varsity:
Kendall Gauthier (G).
Kylie Garcia (G).
Samantha Muller (F).
The first priority for the Lions will be to change the way they do things offensively.
Coach Baker said his team needs to become better at taking the outside shot when it becomes available.
“We need to try to get some outside shots to loosen the defense,” Baker said. “We want to keep teams from packing in defensively and taking the inside away.”
Baker said sophomore Galluci should add some “offensive pop” at the forward position and that Baker provides a strong inside presence.
Baker’s ability in the post might mitigate the loss of Summer Cipriani, who earned ECC Small Division honorable mention in 2012, to graduation. Cipriani led the team in both scoring and rebounding.
Brayman, Jess Muller and Morgan are all projected starters along with Baker and Galluci.
St. Bernard and Lyman Memorial figure to be the Lions’ toughest ECC-Small opponents.
The Lions had a turnout of 16 players and will be able to field a junior varsity team.
“The hope this year is to make the state tournament (which will require nine wins). Last year we won six games, but we lost three games by two points or less.
“We need to come out on the winning side of those close games this year and so learning how to close out a tight game will be really important for us.
“I told them that they played really well as freshman and sophomores against a lot of these same girls as junior varsity. They just need the confidence that that will translate as juniors and seniors this year.”