West Noble is coming off an 18-win season, much of the success of which can be attributed to the quick rise of sophomore Lilly Mast. She played quite a bit as a freshman, but last year her prowess overwhelmed a talented and deep senior class.
In the first game of her sophomore campaign, she scored 13 points and then put up 21 on 8-of-11 shooting just her third game of the season in a win over Columbia City, where she also had five rebounds and earned the Outside the Huddle FAN VOTE for Performance of the Week. Both of those games were part of a 9-0 start for the Chargers. Just nine times was she held to single-digit scoring and she finished the season averaging 10.9 points and 3.3 steals per game.
She had five or more steals on 10 different occasions, led by seven against Westview.
Mast is a major tempo pusher who has tremendous court vision, the willingness and ability to spread the ball around to her teammates. But her desire to play bigger than she is makes her an improving finisher near the rim. The focus on Mast this season will be her decisionmaking as now there aren’t a load of seniors to lead the way vocally and mentally, Mast is going to have to do that on her own. She has shown a lot of intelligence in that regard so far and it makes her a methodical finisher.