Young Wrens struggle but return lots of experience next year
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
WRENSHALL, Minn. – After losing a number of starters from their state tournament team a year ago, the Wrenshall girls basketball team was looking for a number of younger players to step up to the varsity level and compete – and that’s just what happened.
Though the Wrens didn’t have their best year on the hardwood, going 6-18 overall and compiling a 2-12 Polar League Conference record good for 10th place, Wrenshall head coach Mary Grover definitely saw that her young Wrens never gave up, even when times were rough.
Throughout the season, Wrenshall was plagued with a handful of off-the-court issues and Grover – who replaced former head coach Steph Sklors with just six weeks left – noticed the leadership of senior guard Erin Laveau when the inexperienced Wrens needed her most.
It was Laveau who kept the Wrens focused on playing basketball when they were without all-star center Andrea Gould because of sickness and went through a stretch of losing 10-straight games to end the season. Their last game ended in a 62-41 loss to Lakeview Christian Academy in the first round of the Section 7A tournament.
“We had some younger girls this year, but Erin really kept us together,” said Grover. “Her leadership skills were huge for us.”
The Wrens will lose three seniors, as Gould and both Erin and Samantha Laveau will move on, but Grover knows that her younger underclassmen players returning next year will be ready for the challenge.
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