The Peabody-Burns High School Lady Warriors have one mission this season — to improve. The team was 2-19 overall last year and 1-10 in league play.
They opened at home against Chase County Friday and will compete this week in the Marion Classic Tournament.
Three seniors and a junior make up the core group for the Lady Warriors for this season. All are returning starters and letter-winners from last season.
Traylee Woodruff will lead the team at the point position and will run the show at both ends of the court. Her speed, quickness, and experience will help the team in the transition game. Woodruff has a good understanding of the game and sees the floor to create positive opportunities for her teammates.
She had 2.6 steals last season and 2.7 assists.
Danielle Savage will take care of business at the post position and will be strong on the rebounding game. She will be the inside presence and will have to score close to the basket.
Savage had 8.4 points per game and led the team with 8.2 rebounds per contest.
Julie Wedel has duties much like her teammate Savage and will have to score and rebound. She will have to play inside and outside. Versatility will be a catch phrase for Wedel. She had 5.8 points per game last season and 4.9 rebounds.
Michaela Methvin is the junior among the returning starters. She will have to be consistent on the boards and put the ball up under the basket. Her presence underneath will be needed to control the opponent. Methvin had 2.9 points per game last season and four rebounds per contest.
Seventh-year head coach Darren Schroeder will again direct the team with help from assistant coach Erik Barnes.
“We have been plagued with inconsistent scoring for two seasons,” Schroeder said. “Our core players need to contribute to the offense. We also have to have production from the new faces we will see this year on varsity. Right now we have a big unknown as to which of our young players will develop a role and contribute in a positive way. This group of athletes works hard and I expect improvement.”