Junior forward Lilly Wehman has heard it since the start of the season.
“A lot of the talk is about am I feeling back or not,” the three-year varsity player said.
After missing all of last season with a torn ACL in her right knee, the 6-foot-2 Wehman said it did take some time to feel comfortable again during a high school basketball game.
But she declared she’s all good.
“Early on, it was more mental than physical,” she said. “I think I am there.”
Wehman’s performance at he Holiday Hoops Classic at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Arizona, proved she’s taken the next step.
In four games, Wehman averaged 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks for the Ramblers, who finished 2-2 and took one of Arizona’s best teams, Xavier, to double overtime. Wehman had 12 rebounds and eight blocks in the 51-49 loss.
“I thought she had a great tournament,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “You can see she’s more comfortable out there. It was good for her to knock down some shots.”
Although she’s been dominant on defense since the start of the season, her offense took some time to catch up. She needed 10 games to make her first 3-pointer. In Arizona, she went 5-for-9 from behind the arc.
“My shot looked good in practice, but it wouldn’t fall in games,” Wehman said. “When I made that 3 against Fenwick, I thought all right this can happen. It got a lot better in Arizona. It probably was one of my best stretches of the season.”
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