Numbers have forced Sylvan Hills Lady Bears’ coach Shelly Davis to bring up a pair of ninth graders to provide insurance for the Lady Bears’ rapidly depleting depth.
Storm Wells and Samya Farmer have been practicing with the varsity for about a month while still playing on the freshman Bears’ squad.
That changed on Friday when Davis inserted them into a game against Pulaski Academy. Wells made an immediate impact with a three in the opening minutes of her high school career.
Farmer was thrust into action with simple instructions. Get rebounds.
Davis toiled with the idea of deploying her freshmen for several weeks before lack of depth forced her hand.
"I knew that they minute they went in there that their freshman season was over," Davis said.
Choosing those two from a team that has managed to surprisingly reel off 10 wins came from not only depth but from an area of need.
"Storm is the shooter I’ve been missing all season," Davis said.
If there is a weakness in Wells’ game other than her lack of experience, it is ball handling, something that Davis said she will emphasize to her entire team going into the offseason.
Farmer brings some strength and toughness on the low block.
"She is stronger than any player we have right now," Davis said.
The two freshmen represent a bright future for the Lady Bears.
"They all have a good attitude," Davis said. "They play together, come from good families and are just a joy to be around."