Niagara Gazette — “Kate is very fast and a is a very good rebounder. We look for her to get up the floor in transition and get to the hoop.”
Lasher plays both guard and forward. A junior in her third year on the team, she serves as a scoring threat and provides a lethal 1-2 punch with Curry.
“She’s been up since her freshman year, and we’re looking for really big things from her,” Baker said. “She scored 15 against Starpoint and played a lot of AAU-ball this summer. She’s going to have to be a big contributor for us.”
The team’s fifth starter is junior Dana Smith, another guard/forward hybrid. Smith is the Lakewomen’s tallest player at 5-foot-10, but has the ability to knock down open jumpers from the perimeter. She uses her size defensively, as evidenced by her 12 blocks in the tip-off tourney.
Despite the presence of Smith, size may be the only disadvantage the team will face this season. They lost 6-foot-1 senior Courtney Murray (Niagara County Community College) last season, along with fellow graduated seniors Maegan Buckner and Kailey Schultz. Baker said his team will look to up the pressure defensively and score in transition to take advantage of its athleticism.
“We’re very athletic. We play a very physical game, and we like to get after it defensively,” he said. “If we can create some turnovers on defense, then we can get out on offense. We’re looking to get after it on defense and switch some things up with each possession. We want to keep the other teams off balance, and if we can get out in our press and cause some turnovers and get some layups, then that obviously helps our offense.”
Wilson’s success doesn’t begin and end with sectionals, though. The team will have to make it through a tough N-O league schedule to set itself up for postseason success.