The Lakewood girls basketball team’s performance during its first game of the season Nov. 27 against Oak Harbor was a good example of how young teams can be inconsistent. In the first 16 minutes of the game, the Cougars (4-3 overall) played “the best half of basketball that I’ve seen here in 24 years of coaching,” said Lakewood coach Chris Walster. In the second half the Cougars scored seven points.
“We played a lot this summer, and our big problem was communication,” Walster said. “We’re working on talking with each other on the court and not being so focused on individuals. This is a young group that hopefully will get better every game. We’ll try to get some momentum before league play.”
Fortunately for Walster, he can depend on two four-year starters for steady production — guard Jelly Perry and forward Emily Senyitko.
“As they go, we will go,” he said. “Hopefully the others will catch up and add more as we go along. The good thing is they realize the majority of them are young and inexperienced, and they look to the seniors for guidance.”