Lady Bobcats senior hopes to leave a legacy

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Shaila Wolter likes the idea of leaving a legacy. She’s part of the first freshman class at Byron Nelson that’s about to leave in 2014.

But before she does, she and the rest of her Lady Bobcats want the standard for the girls basketball program to be exceptional.

After the expected struggles as a first-year program in 2010-2011, this team took important steps in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 by being competitive and advancing to the Class 4A state playoffs.

“Personally, I know being the first team to make the playoffs was important,” Wolter said. “We want the bar to be high for the teams that follow us. It’s important for other teams to keep it going. Freshman year was really hard, but I think that’s what made us bond. We had to deal with those losses and be there for each other and learn what it takes to win.”

Wolter (5-6), the senior-to-be shooting guard and first-team all-district 5-4A performer, had been playing previous summers with players from Argyle. However, she didn’t get that chance this summer, so she has had to settle for being a gym rat. Every day, she is in the gym pushing herself to be more than just a marksman.

Previous scouting reports on Wolter have shown her to be a tough a 3-point specialist. Indeed, she led the squad with 58 makes and was second on the team in scoring at 10.0 points per game.

Wolter isn’t settling for that. She wants that scouting report to change. Like any 3-point specialist, defenses usually don’t respect that player’s skill of driving the ball to the basket. That’s what she wants to add.

She’s been taking private lessons so she can work on certain moves to catch defenders at a weak spot. That could be with a shot fake or just a deke.

“I know my main strength is the 3-pointer, but I want to have the pull-up jumper and do a lot more,” Wolter said. “I just to be more mentally strong. And when I find where a defender is off, then I can take advantage.”

The gym work has been relentless. If she’s not there with teammates, she’s there on her own. Sometimes, she’ll work her way into scrimmages with the boys who are on the junior varsity or varsity squad. Hey, if you’re going to get better, go against the strong brand of competition you can find.

“She’s made herself into a very good basketball player and is probably the best pure shooter I’ve ever coached,” Nelson coach Darren Wilson said. “By doing that, she leads our other kids. I expect the same from her again this year.”

Wilson knows he will be leaning on Wolter and forward Madison Edwards in 2013-14 if the program is going to take two more important steps: win that first district championship and win that first playoff game. The Lady Bobcats were impacted by player attrition following the 21-9 2012-13 season.

“We’ve worked a lot on plays that will help all of us if we don’t have her,” Wolter said. “We know the strengths of the people on this team. We just need to keep pushing ourselves. When we show up for something, we can’t give 50 percent. We have to give 110. Everybody has to continue to work.”

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