FORT WAYNE – There are two things you really need to know about Lauren Ehle, the senior star for Woodlan.
The first is that she’s a perfectionist.
The second is that she’s tough – very tough, football-player tough.
In fact, Ehle, the daughter of former Woodlan football coach Barry Ehle, was a cornerback, wide receiver and kicker for the Warriors as a freshman.
I grew up around football, she said. I love the game.
The only reason she stopped playing was because of a head injury.
It took two in one game to force her to the sideline and eventually the sport.
We were playing Garrett and they were running to the outside and this kid absolutely demolished me, Ehle said. I got back up and tried to shake it off and even kicked off to start the second half, and then I got blown up again. I thought, Oh, well, I should probably sit out here because I’m not feeling too hot.’
The risk of further head injury forced her to concentrate solely on basketball.
She averaged 14.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists last season for Woodlan, which was 13-9, 5-2 in the ACAC.
Her halfcourt, last-second shot beat Bishop Dwenger in the sectional.
But you can still see the gridiron in Ehle.
Oh yeah, coming down the court full speed, I might lower my shoulder a little bit. I like to take the ball to the hoop, she said.
The Warriors have a bevy of talent: senior Jaryn Malfait (5.2 points), junior Haley Hostetler (8.6 points, 4.7 rebounds), junior Burgundy Price (10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds) and junior Brooke Gerbers (6.9 points).
I’ve watched these girls play from the third grade, this group of juniors and seniors, and it’s been fun watching them grow and develop as players and individuals, Woodlan coach Tonya Burns-Cohrs said. Each of the girls have their own special thing about them. Just overall from, top to bottom, they are great kids and work hard and want to do well.
Ehle wants to be the one driving them to perfection every day.
She wants her teammates to do well, Burns-Cohrs said.
She wants the team to be successful and wants to do whatever she can to help the team be successful.
The biggest thing Ehle wants her teammates to focus on is consistency. Last season, she said, there were too many games the Warriors let slip away and, even worse, they had a hard time forgetting those lapses and moving on before the next contest.
I have really been focusing on my leadership more than anything, she said. I know I can depend on the other girls on the court to make plays. I’m not too concerned with myself scoring points, but I want to be the senior leader and keep everybody motivated and heads up.