Northeast Tarrant

Sophomore leading the way for Lady Panthers

Colleyville Heritage’s Bryn Gerlich (10) is averaging over 22 points per game this season.
Colleyville Heritage’s Bryn Gerlich (10) is averaging over 22 points per game this season. Star-Telegram Archive

Being named the District 7-6A girls basketball Newcomer of the Year last season has prevented other teams from being surprised at the level of play from Colleyville Heritage’s Bryn Gerlich.

So, it’s also no surprise that Gerlich – through just 15 games – was averaging 22.5 points per game.

Now, as a sophomore, Gerlich is helping lead the Lady Panthers in many more ways than just scoring. Gerlich is also adding nearly seven rebounds and two steals and assists each game.

“There are so many other things she’s doing other than being a scorer,” said Colleyville Heritage head coach Dianna Sager. “That’s why I’m really proud of her.”

Elements which don’t get recorded in the stats each game include being willing to protect the basket, as evidenced by Gerlich taking nine charges thus far. In addition, Gerlich has been selected as a team captain.

“The questions asked for being picked as captains include issues about work ethic, trust and who you view as a leader,” Sager said.

Senior Sarah Ryan is the other captain.

“It was 2009 the last time there was a sophomore captain,” Sager said. “It’s a compliment to how the kids view her.”

Gerlich, now 6-0, was a guard last year, due mostly to the powerful talent the Lady Panthers had at post and have since graduated.

Still, Gerlich enjoys the guard role, although she’s spending more of her time inside now.

“I’m kind of scoring from everywhere,” Gerlich said. “It’s according to where I’m playing, but I’m scoring more from the post. I’m starting to like it more as I don’t have to think about the footwork.”

Gerlich said she’s comfortable with the outside and inside part of her game and said she’s now hoping to further develop her mid-range game.

“I need to work more on my mid-range game,” she said, “between the 3 and the paint, using my jumper.”

As she’s grown, though, Gerlich said she has to be cognizant of her stance and posture when handling the ball, as she often still is guarded by smaller, quicker guards.

Gerlich’s goals are focused more on team objectives.

“We had a large graduating class last year and we’re young, and I think we may be underrated,” Gerlich said. “Our goals are on the team more than individual performances and that’s what will make it a great season.

“We all respect each other,” she added. “We’ve proven ourselves to each other.”

Improving, even slightly, in all of her stats is a measuring stick for Gerlich.

“My goal is to raise all my stats, even if by just one,” she said. “It’s not drastic change, but the fact I’ve gone up has been surprising. I just want to see improvement,” she said, noting her 18 PPG last year.