Rose Hill had six girls players average between seven and 11 points last season.
Losing three — Audra Pfannenstiel, Kelli Herbel and Kristy Herman — coach Jenny Page hopes she can rediscover the balance that helped the Rockets to the Class 4A tournament.
"We still have three of those girls who averaged about nine, 10 points, somewhere in there," Page said. "We have a couple younger girls, with those seniors being gone, who will get more of an opportunity. They have the capability of scoring, it's just about them getting the minutes and the experience."
Junior Kelsey Webber proved her versatility by averaging 9.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
But the Rockets' success could hinge on the connection between point guard Whitney Bates and center Randi Lucas, both seniors.
"If we have both of them going, we'll be really hard to guard with the inside-outside game," Page said.
Bates is the leading returning scorer (9.7 ppg) and led the Rockets in assists and was second in steals and rebounds.
Lucas was a pleasant surprise for the Rockets as she keyed their run to the postseason.
Not a primary offensive option at the beginning of the season, Lucas became Rose Hill's go-to player late. She scored in double figures in every postseason game to improve her scoring average by nearly two points to 7.9.
"The last part of the season, especially going to sub-state, she was so key for us," Page said. "She started to believe in herself a little bit more and got some confidence. That carryover from the middle part of the season to the end was huge."
PLAYERS TO WATCH
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Rose Hill’s physical nature phsyicality makes up for its lack of size, and Shirley and Rapp, both undersized, combined to average more than 15 rebounds. Brown was a deadly outside shooter with a quick release, making 35 three-pointers last season. But Rose Hill will still rely on its perimeter game. “They’re not bad outside shooters,” Stone said. “But we still have that problem we had last year. We don’t have that strong, skilled inside player that can average eight or 10 points per game.”