Depth allowing Frisco to thrive despite injuries

Improved play in the post has given guard-oriented Frisco an added dimension and depth this season, and it’s needed it.

The Raccoons (23-5 overall, 8-1 in District 9-4A) have played just five games with their top eight players healthy, but the emergence of junior Brittney Hardy and senior Kaitlyn Waller in the post gives head coach Bob Rose options when players are out.

“Other kids have done a great job picking up slack, but I think that’s hurt us, not having everybody available all the time,” Rose said. “It drives me nuts trying to figure out my rotation when I can’t keep them all together.”

Frisco has four players averaging double digits in scoring – Hardy (16.3), Tiffany Moore (14.6), Jazmyn Dorsett (14.1) and Kendall Schwants (12.4) – and Charde’ Stevens is right outside with 8.8 points per game.

The depth has helped Frisco overcome nagging injuries, and Hardy, who could be a coveted national recruit in 2011, gives the team a lethal inside-outside dynamic, something it lacked last season when it often ran a five-guard look.

Frisco is still a guard-oriented team, though. Dorsett, the daughter of former Dallas Cowboys great Tony Dorsett, is verbally committed to Oklahoma State.

Moore, an Oklahoma signee, is ranked No. 22 nationally by ESPNU for the 2010 class, and is closing in on a number of career milestones.

She grabbed her 1,000th career rebound in Frisco’s win over Frisco Liberty on Friday. The four-year starter is 45 assists away from 1,000 and 12 steals away from 500. She sits at 1,686 points in her career.

Frisco’s only loss in District 9-4A play came on the road against Frisco Wakeland where the Raccoons shot just 28 percent. They’ll have a chance to avenge that loss next week in a game that will likely determine the 9-4A title.

Frisco hosts McKinney at 6 p.m. Tuesday.