IN THE NEWS: MEGHAN MAYOTTE EMBRACES NEW ROLE FOR GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM
After Meghan Mayotte settled in as a starting forward last season, helping the Worthington Christian girls basketball team to a Division III district runner-up finish, coach Jason Dawson began taking a fresh look at Mayotte’s skill set.
She had never guided the offense from the point-guard position, but something seemed to click when her transition into that role was made heading into this season.
“Last year I was a (forward) or like a post (player), and this year I’m more of a point guard, so it’s been a big change,” said Mayotte, a sophomore. “But my coach has done a really good job of transitioning me. I wasn’t able to play AAU last year, so this is my first time being a point guard. I like it a lot. It’s fun to be able to see a different point of view of the game.”
By all accounts, Mayotte has been a solid fit in the new role.
With a 56-12 victory over Columbus School for Girls on Jan. 11, the Warriors were 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio Division.
Mayotte has seen her scoring average drop from 12 points last season to nine this winter, but she’s become a “stat stuffer” at her new position.
“Meghan Mayotte has switched her position and is now like a point forward,” Dawson said. “She makes our team go and is logging stats for each category, which is amazing for us. She can score a little bit. It’s a big change for her from playing the 4 last year.”
Mayotte has proven to be an effective complement to senior shooting guard Katherine Weakley, a Lipscomb commit who scored a program-record 40 points in a 73-38 win Dec. 7 over Thomas Worthington.
Weakley was averaging 23 points through 11 games and had 28 in a 70-16 victory over Grandview in the Warriors’ league opener Jan. 8.
Junior forward Blessing King was averaging 12 points and sophomore guard Megan Weakley was averaging 10 for the Warriors, who play defending league champion Whitehall on Jan. 22 at home.
Because of the delay at the beginning of the winter sports season for most teams in the MSL, there is only one round of MSL-Ohio action followed by a league tournament.
Although the Warriors lost half of their league schedule, they compensated by picking up games on late notice, such as when they beat Olentangy Liberty 47-44 on Dec. 11. They had four other scheduled games in December against OCC opponents get canceled.
“(Katherine Weakley’s) growth has been unbelievable,” Dawson said. “When you commit to a college, it’s a big monkey off your back. Now she’s enjoying her senior year, learning how to be a great teammate and great leader. She’s learning how to be a college basketball player right now, which is very imperative for her to play at the highest level. Blessing King is a junior who’s probably the top defender in central Ohio and Megan Weakley has been shooting 56 percent from (3-point range).
“Resilience is the best word I can use. We’ve been down a lot and we’ve shown some growth. The league (has started) and it will be a gauntlet. Whitehall will be competitive. Bexley and Columbus Academy will be good. We’ve got to learn how to adjust and I’ve got to do a better job on how to prepare them.”