GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Waves a year older, better

Meade County junior Jenna Gallimore is tied up during the Duke's Summer Shootout Wednesday inside Elizabethtown's Charlie Rawlings Memorial Gymnasium.

The Meade County Lady Waves rounded out the Duke’s Summer Shootout on Wednesday and Coach Dina Hackert said the summer is a great time to give players action on the floor.

“Summer ball is good for us,” Hackert said.

The Lady Waves were missing senior standout Kendall Wingler, who has more than 2,000 career points. Hackert used this time without Win-gler to give her younger players more playing time.

“It’s great for the other kids to get some reps so we’re learning to play together,” Hackert said.

“Especially with Kendall not here, that’s good for our kids to get a feel for ‘what if Kendall is in foul trouble,’ so it is always great for them to learn to flow together.”

Wingler led the squad averaging 26 points and 7.9 rebounds per game last season. She scored 754 points in 29 games. Gallimore was second in scoring with 7.4 a contest, totaling 221 points in 30 games.

Gallimore will be expected to produce more on offense this season to help Wingler and the Lady Waves win more games.

“With Kendall missing, we wanted to work as a team. We have to run our offense and run our fast breaks so that way we can get better open looks and passes,” Gallimore said.

Defense also will be a point of emphasis for Meade County. It will have some different lineups after four seniors graduated, but Hackert plans to use the summer to find players to fill those roles.

“We’re learning how to work as a team,” Gallimore said. “We lost so many seniors, so we’re learning how to fill those spots.”

One of those players filling a new role is upcoming junior, D Griffen, the All-Area Sophomore of the Year. She will see more playing time this season and said she’s excited, but with the extra playing time she said she has to be cautious about fouling.

Hackert wants to look at her team’s defense over the summer and make the adjustments needed so they can continue to press and swarm their opponents.

“I’m really impressed with some of the kids who have been working in the spring,” Hackert said. “Really what I like to accomplish in the summer is to let the kids play some games and get in the flow of playing together.”

Hackert plans to continue the fast paced tempo this season and Griffen said the team is getting used to the style and with more games during the summer they will get better.

“We love to get up and down the floor,” Hackert said. “We love to throw different defenses out there and these kids are getting used to this style ball since we have implemented this system over the years. It’s great to watch these younger players that have been playing this system to really start stepping up.”

Even if Hackert doesn’t have her whole team available, she is excited to see her team improve and find areas to work on before the season.

“Summer ball is great,” Hackert said. “We see our strengths and we see our weaknesses so we like to see all the kids get out there and play.”

After going 13-17 last season, the Lady Waves look to make the adjustments needed to win more games and make it back to the 11th District Championship game and 3rd Reg-ion Tournament.

Meade County fell to Breckinridge County in the district title matchup and Muhlenberg County in the region tournament.

Gallimore and Griffen said they’re excited for districts and regions, but they need to improve over the summer and work hard during the season to reach that goal.

Zachery Combest can be reached at 270-505-1754 or zcombest@thenewsenterprise.com.

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