Posted: 6:34 pm Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Dwyer’s deep roster the key to girls basketball success 

By Post Staff

Dwyer started the season 2-2 but since then the Panthers have been one of the area’s hottest teams winning 10 in a row, including the 59-57 win over Palm Beach Lakes on Saturday. They improved to 12-2 on the season and 4-0 in the district.

The reason the Panthers have been so tough to stop this season is their up-tempo style and a deep roster that allows them to use various combinations of 10 different players. Of their 14 total players, six are underclassmen and eight are seniors.

“Those 10 know they have to come in and step up and that wears other teams down,” Dwyer coach Jeryl Akins said. “That’s our strong point. We push, push, push, and these girls are very well conditioned. You won’t see any of mine getting tired.”

Precious Bridges and Clare Hosack have been Dwyer’s two standouts so far but with so many players contributing, no one else’s stats have been outstanding. Bridges is the Panthers’ highest scorer averaging over 17 points per game and Hosack is averaging a double double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Akins said Saturday night’s game belonged to guard Alicia Hines, who hit her stride in the second half with all of her 12 points coming in the last two quarters.

And then there’s 6-foot-4 freshman Kai James, who unsurprisingly is one of Dwyer’s best rebounders with 10 per game. She had 15 against Palm Beach Lakes.

This Dwyer team is a fun one to watch (though probably not for any opponents) so if you haven’t seen the Panthers already, they are definitely worth a look.