By Jeremy Schneider
The glimpses of what Maumee girls basketball coach Rafael Soler wants to see are there, but the Panthers are still waiting on a complete four quarters.
In a last-minute fill-in for a postponed game against Springfield, the Panthers took on non-league foe Wauseon and fell 71-34.
The Panthers (0-3) had moments to cheer — including 3-pointers from juniors Peyton Phillips and Jessica Roper — but it wasn’t nearly enough against a polished Indians squad.
“A lot of little things, a lot of little things that show up big when you do them over and over again,” Soler said. “We saw flashes, but again, it’s missing layups, it’s missing someone by a couple of inches on the pass. So, it’s those things, it’s going to take time.”
Maumee had balanced scoring, with Phillips, Roper, Katelyn Owens, and Haley Hughes all scoring six points. Sydney Bischoff had five points.
One name not mentioned in the scoring was Taylor Westrick, but the junior guard made her presence felt on the defensive end. After Indians standout Marisa Seiler scored 27 points in the first half, Westrick held her to nine after being switched on Seiler in the second half.
“She played really hard,” Soler said. “It’s that kind of effort that’s going to start hopefully snowballing and getting everyone to work just as hard as Taylor.
“Taylor is not very vocal, but she leads by example. Every single time, she’s going to be doing the right thing. The girls all see it, they see what she’s doing.”
The Panthers have one more game, against Northview, before their season is paused by order of the Lucas County Board of Health. All Lucas County athletic teams are forbidden from practicing or playing in school facilities from Dec. 4 until Jan. 11.
Maumee’s coaching staff has a Google Classroom set up for the program, where they will post workouts and videos. Soler said the team will virtually come together to watch film of Gonzaga, which runs the same offense as Maumee.
Most importantly, Soler wants his players to realize there is a season after the Board of Health’s order ends in January.
“We’re trying to do the virtual thing and keep them as active as we can, because we’ve got this season when we come back,” Soler said. “The (Northern Lakes League) has done a good job of putting it together so quickly.”