Century is uncharacteristically younger this season, but junior Lilly Keplin doesn’t mind.
“Normally in the past we had six seniors and six juniors, and this year the numbers aren’t quite the same, but it’s really nice because we have a different group to play with,” she said.
Keplin herself is a different player thee days than when she first joined varsity as a freshman.
“Definitely right off the bat I was really timid and I didn’t want to do anything too crazy,” Keplin said. “I knew I had a role on the team and I didn’t want to try to do too much and take away from other players. And now I’m definitely more comfortable with where I’m at and how I play, and I don’t really hold back too much.”
And part of not holding back means attacking the paint while running the point.
“Early this season the coaches told me they definitely want me to get in the paint a lot more, because when I have mismatches, especially on smaller guards, they tell me just to use them up, because I can,” Keplin said.
But she’s also just as dangerous, and ambitious, from the perimeter.
“Sometimes, especially when we’re on the Event Center floor, she gets stretched out a little too far,” head coach Ron Metz said.
“[Metz] kind of got a little upset at BHS because the first three I took was like two feet off the NBA line, and it was short just this much,” Keplin said, smiling.
But for a confident leader like Keplin, one miss isn’t going to stop her from playing her game.
“If I’m open I’m going to take a shot not matter where I’m at,” Keplin said. “Even I’m at half court, it’s going up.”
The Patriots play at Dickinson on Tuesday.