Byline: Josh Loftin
After only a couple of games, the Wasatch Academy girls basketball already has demonstrated reasons for optimism this season.
So far, the team has played Layton Christian Academy, Juab and Rockwell. They sit at 1–2, and early on the team has shown a grit that could make them a tough win for any squad they face this year.
The Lady Tigers play two more games this week, on Wednesday and Thursday. The Wednesday game, at least, will be streamed through High School Cube.
Here are a few predictions for the season, based on early observations.
- Discipline: A lot of credit to Coke Whitworth, their second-year head coach. The team runs a structured motion offense, and doesn’t rush its shots. On defense, players stay tight and force the other team to beat them. While good players can exploit this against the Lady Tigers, most of the players they will face will struggle to score consistently.
- Balance: No one player shines for the Tigers. Instead, they have a balanced offensive attack. That will prevent teams from keying on one player and ignoring the rest. The downside? Stars can win games, and the Tigers lack a star.
- Conditioning: The Lady Tigers have a number of players who simply won’t wear down. As the season progresses, that becomes more valuable and could help the Lady Tigers pull off an upset or two.
- Tradition: Wasatch Academy has a reputation as a weak girls basketball team and during the heat of the season the Lady Tigers become an easy team to overlook. Woe be to any team who does so.
- Grit: The Lady Tigers overcame an early deficit to LCA and hung tough with the larger Juab, demonstrating their ability to make any victory difficult. Even if they don’t win a lot of games, the Lady Tigers will make teams who play them earn the win. That alone is a great step forward for a team still trying to establish itself.