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Junior emerges as court-smart leader for Lady Dragons

Anna Welch is a scoring threat and team leader for Carroll.
Anna Welch is a scoring threat and team leader for Carroll. Courtesy Photo

Carroll girls basketball coach Teri Morrison is looking for someone to emerge as a leader on next year’s team, and Anna Welch seems to fit that bill perfectly.

The junior shooting guard is a solid offensive threat for the Lady Dragons, and probably more important than that, she’s an intelligent player.

“The first thing she brings is leadership,” Morrison said. “She is also a great perimeter threat and three-point shooter, and she understands what being a Lady Dragon basketball player means.”

Welch said that she was pleased with the progress her team made throughout the course of last season and said she and her teammates are optimistic about next season.

“Over the course of the season our team improved in many areas and we strived to get better every single day,” Welch said. “We started out strong and even though we did not finish the way we wanted, losing in the first round of the playoffs, that made us even more motivated for next year.

“Although we are a young team, we already have great team chemistry and cannot wait for next year to start.”

Morrison said that her off season goals for Welch are to work on getting to the rim and improve her vocal leadership on the floor, and with such younger talent as sophomore all-district selections Kayla Colan and Gabby McBride returning, Welch has some objectives of her own for the summer.

“As a shooter, I will continue to work on my three-point shot this summer and am also determined to be a better rebounder,” Welch said. “Another big focus for me in the off-season and into next year is to help provide leadership because, as I said before, we are a young team.”

Welch is a member of the National Honor Society, Students Standing Strong, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and does “quite a bit of volunteer work” at Carroll, and said for her team to have a strong season in 2016-2017, it will take two big things.

“We all need to buy into what our coaches are teaching and focus on executing the game plan for 32 minutes every game, all season long and into the playoffs,” Welch said.