“Big Team, Little Me”

It’s a simple motto that Ripon High School girls’ head basketball coach Jason Wickstrom hopes pays big dividends on the court this season.

He’s placing a greater emphasis on “team” during practice this season as the Tigers seek to build off a challenging year in which players sought to learn what they could do.

“This motto, ‘Big Team, Little Me,’ puts kind of the onus on being together, doing things together, winning/losing together,” Wickstrom said. “The best teams have good chemistry and get along with each other. I’m not saying that we didn’t get along [last season], but I think that is one of the big things that I wanted the team to concentrate on coming into this year because when you get in tight spots in games you have to rely on each other.

“It doesn’t matter who scores, it doesn’t matter who gets the headlines as long as we play as a team and play together and hopefully win the game. With a bunch of younger girls that was tough last year but I think they have learned and matured.”

Learning and maturing will be the biggest key for a team that regularly started almost all freshmen and sophomores last season.

Read the full story, which includes information on the team's strengths and areas to improve, in the Nov. 28, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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