Chloe Shelby and the REL Lady Ganders are ready to play big this winter.

REL to play fast

The Robert E. Lee High School girls basketball team battled inexperience and a lack of height en route to a 6-18 record a year ago, including 1-13 in District 22-5A play.

Now with a bit more edge born from a lot of work put in during the offseason, the Lady Ganders may be ready to turn a corner this winter.

Yet, the majority of the roster will still be comprised of sophomores and freshmen carrying the bevy of the workload.

“I have been pleased with the work ethic and the willingness to learn from all of the new kids coming in to a new season,” REL head coach Robert Robinson said. “If we stay healthy and play together as a team, we can be a pretty good team.”

Logically, a short team will be led by its perimeter ability.

“I think our strength is definitely going to be guard play,” Robinson said. “I have some very quick guards who can penetrate to the basket and I have some good shooters as well. I think a weakness could be our lack of size when it comes to rebounding and defending the post.”

REL’s roster includes Chloe Shelby, Zoey Summers, Kim Duhon, Alyssa Ruiz, Arcean Burris, Deyvn Burris,Timyziah Taylor and Maddie Johnson with most ranging from 4-foot-9 to 5-foot-5 in height.

“We have an advantage over bigger teams with our speed,” Shelby, one of only two seniors, said. “We are capable of holding teams down. Our posts are small. We just make sure we have each other’s backs  - especially when they post us up.”

The Lady Ganders will try to keep the tempo at a high pace and combat their lack of size with a superiority in open court play.

“We always keep a positive attitude,” Duhon said. “We don’t give up because we don’t like to lose. We like to work hard and do not like to be lazy.”

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