East's Wenzel selected as girls all-area MVP
April 16, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated April 15, 2011 at 11:16 p.m.
Shooting has always been Adelaide Wenzel's bread and butter. She could make a living draining 3-pointers all night long.
But it was the new element she worked to add to her offensive game in 2010-2011 that made her a offensive threat to be reckoned with for Victoria East.
"I started to drive more," said the junior guard for the Titans. "Last year, not so much, because we always had Krysta (Martinez) inside."
Wenzel's offense helped guide the Titans to a 22-10 record and an appearance in the Region IV-4A tournament in their first year as a program. For that achievement, the junior guard was named the Victoria Advocate's 2011 all-area girls MVP.
She averaged 15.6 points per game, and often was able to score more when her team needed her most.
But Wenzel points out that you don't have her success without her teammates - guards Danielle Franklin, Bre Williams, Shanice Hughes, Marquet Dean, and posts Ramaya Dean, Ashley Strelec and Kenya Griffin - who helped her achieve what she did.
"If I wasn't open, I would just get a screen and drive, and dish off if I needed to," she said. "My teammates always read my defense, and helped me get open, which led to them getting open too."
And a big part of it was atmosphere. No one dogged her for having a poor shooting night, and she was able to work through her woes or help others achieve when she was having a poor night from the field.
"My thing is shooting, but sometimes, you just can't make it for some reason," Wenzel said. "No one ever got mad at you for not playing well. They weren't like 'Oh, Adelaide's not scoring, let's not give her the ball,' or that kind of thing. They were always telling me to keep at it."
The whole team benefited from the tutelage of Titans coach Yulonda Wimbish-North, who Wenzel said helped her stay focused on the other side of the game.
"She always pushed defense," Wenzel said. "She kept us in shape, running a lot, and she's really smart, really wise."
With almost all of the team back, Wenzel said the Titans hope to be right back on top, and eager to get back on the court.
"We're all so ready to play again," she said with a smile.