OKC Storm senior Meredith Wolfley is learning to get her teammates involved early.
Wolfley has been groomed to be a scorer, but first-year coach Theron Forshee has been emphasizing other areas this basketball season.
But she can still score, as evident with her output last week in two wins against Lawton Eisenhower and Lawton High. She scored 19 and 21 points, respectively, and is The Oklahoman's Girls High School Basketball Player of the Week.
“He's asked me to really get my other teammates going, so I've been working on passes and making sure that they're getting their shots and feel confident in shooting,” Wolfley said. “We were struggling at scoring at first, so at the end of the game at Lawton Ike I took it because we were struggling.”
Against Lawton Ike, Wolfley also totaled eight rebounds and four steals. But against Lawton High last Tuesday, she played an even more complete game with six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“It was nothing extravagant other than she's paid more attention to defense, she's paying more attention to trying to make her teammates better and utilizing them as much as possible,” Forshee said. “Scoring is such an ease for her to where working on other aspects of her game have been a focal point.”
The Storm (24-13) started the season hot, even reeling off a 12-game winning streak, but lost four straight late in January. They have now won three straight and play in Dallas on Tuesday against Prime Prep, Deion Sanders' school.
And last Monday's win against Lawton Ike was big after falling to the Eagles earlier this season.
“It was a good confidence boost for our whole team because we were feeling a little bit down anyway because of how we've been playing,” Wolfley said.
Wolfley is averaging 15.5 points per game this season, but she is averaging 21.3 points per game during the current win streak.
“That my coach trusts me to be able to score when the team's struggling, obviously that makes me feel very confident,” she said.