Lauren DeWolf is clearly on point for the Pioneer girls’ basketball team. And that’s bad news for the rest of the SEC – for not only this season but the foreseeable future. And it’s great news for Pioneer.
DeWolf is the extremely talented freshman point guard for the extremely talented Pioneer girls’ basketball team. If you haven’t heard about her yet, just wait 5 minutes – because she is quickly making a name for herself.
And she made a statement on Friday night in the Pioneer’s 54-39 win over visiting Huron. Let’s rephrase that – she made several statements. One, is that she can run the offense like a three-year senior. She simply doesn’t get rattled or let emotion get in her way of getting to the rim or getting her team to the win column.
Another statement is playing on a big stage. And Friday night was a big and crowded stage as the girls opened another one of these varsity doubleheaders which helps draw more fans for both teams. DeWolf handled the added attention and also handled playing in a rivalry game as if it were just another game.
While it’s fun to think how good she can be in three years, it’s really fun watching her play the game right now. She led all scorers with 22 points in the win over Huron and all but one point came in the first three quarters.
That’s clearly being on point.
GAME ACTION: Watch Lauren and the Pioneers take on Huron in a replay of Friday’s game at 2 p.m., Jan. 22 on CTN Channel 19
“There are always a few nerves going into games but it helps knowing that my teammates and coaches have confidence in me,” she said. “Knowing they have confidence in me is my motivation to play well.”
DeWolf admits that stepping not only onto a big stage like varsity but also into an important role like point guard caused a few nerves to rattle early on. But her teammates put out the welcome sign from day one and that support has been a big factor in her early success.
“The others players have really helped me get used to things and have pushed me and given me confidence,” she says. “That’s the most important thing – the confidence they have in me.”
Her 22 points were a career high, eclipsing her previous high of 20. But she does more than score. The 5-foot-6-inch guard can pass, run the floor and run the offense – all at the same time.
DeWolf isn’t the only Pioneer freshman making headlines. Fellow ninth-grader Mya Hicks also can run the point or play shooting guard or play wherever her coach (and father) Tyrone Hicks needs her to play. The duo form a formidable one-two freshman punch.
“She’s great as a friend and great as a teammate,” DeWolf says. “She is always pushing me and motivating me. I can count on her as a teammate and as a friend.”
The two helped lead Slauson Middle School to an undefeated record as eighth-graders.
DeWolf also is the daughter of a coach, Pioneer assistant boys’ coach Lawrence DeWolf. “I just grew up around basketball and have been playing ever since I can remember,” she says. “I’ve been coming up to Pioneer to either play or watch for a long time. My dad has taught me everything I know about basketball.”
DeWolf plays AAU basketball for Common Bond along with Hicks and Davi Matthews, another freshman on the Pioneer roster. They have been playing together since sixth grade.
Her long-term goal is to play college basketball at the highest level she can reach. But she has a few more years before that decision needs to be made. Right now, she needs to decide whether to pass or shoot – and so far, so good with the choices she is making.