Plano West doesn’t have the star power it did last year, but the level of play hasn’t dropped off for the Lady Wolves.
Closing in on the midway point of district play, Plano West (19-5, 6-0) sits alone in first place in 8-5A despite graduating almost all of its leading scorers from a year ago.
The team hasn’t replaced the scoring output of Alexann Yancey or Jacqueline Jeffcoat with single players, but instead has used a long bench of mostly underclassmen and team play to post an equally impressive 2011 campaign.
Yancey and Jeffcoat both scored more than 15 points per game last year. No player this season is averaging double digits. Rachel Wilson, the lone returning starter, is the closest at 9.6 points per game.
“If you look at our stats, we don’t have any one averaging double figures, which is sort of unusual for us,” said Plano West head coach Don Patterson. “We usually have one or two. It’s pretty spread out, which is good. Nobody knows who to guard.”
Although it lacks returning starters, Plano West has a number of returning lettermen, including Mackenzie Boyd, Paige Womack, Kiran Lakhian, Stacy Lee and Bridget Dorn, to give the team depth.
“We had a good core coming back,” Patterson said. “They were all on varsity last year and got pretty good minutes most of the time. They came in this year as the veterans of the group. They’ve been good leaders for us.”
And Plano West has kept winning. Ranked No. 5 in the ESPN Dallas Class 5A girls rankings, its five losses have come against state powers or out-of-state teams at tournaments.
Patterson said the only adjustment he’s had to make with the new roster is playing a slightly more up-tempo game because the team doesn’t have the height at post it had in the past.