GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Dukes look to excel in 2015-2016 season


By Kelsey Leyva - kleyva@civitasmedia.com



Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

The Lady Dukes basketball team practices before its scrimmage against Mapleton and Waynedale.


Freshman Alexis Lehmkuhl goes for a layup at the girls’ last practice before their first scrimmage.


Perfecting positives and improving weak areas are how first-year head coach Nathan Morris plans to bring the Wellington girls basketball team to a winning season.

The girls scrimmaged against Mapleton High School and Waynedale High School, winning two of three periods over Mapleton but losing all three to Waynedale. Morris said the girls played hard and had a fighting spirit regardless of the score.

“I liked the way that we kind of continued to work and play no matter what was happening,” he said.

Morris’ team is young this year but he has five seniors setting the example and laying the groundwork for this year and beyond.

“We want to improve our basic fundamental skills as individuals, we want to improve our team defense and rebounding, and we want to work on taking care of the basketball,” he said.

Although this is his first year coaching the girls varsity team, Morris has been coaching basketball in Wellington for 15 years.

He previously coached the junior varsity boys basketball team and the eighth grade boys basketball team.

As far as his expectations for this season, Morris is just looking for growth.

“I just want us to from the first day of practice to the last day we play to show improvement and get better,” he said.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

The Lady Dukes basketball team practices before its scrimmage against Mapleton and Waynedale.

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Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

The Lady Dukes basketball team practices before its scrimmage against Mapleton and Waynedale.

Freshman Alexis Lehmkuhl goes for a layup at the girls’ last practice before their first scrimmage.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/11/web1_GirlsBBall1.jpgFreshman Alexis Lehmkuhl goes for a layup at the girls’ last practice before their first scrimmage.

By Kelsey Leyva

kleyva@civitasmedia.com