DIXON – It’s hard to imagine a player having more on her plate than Britney Pitzer does this year for the Dixon girls basketball team.
A 5-foot-10 senior, Pitzer is entering her third season as the starting point guard for the Duchesses. A year ago, she had the option of dishing the ball to a trio of seniors and proven scorers in Isabelle Shiaras, Bree Scheidegger and Ellie Provo.
They are gone now, and it will be Pitzer’s job to make the offense hum with mostly a new cast of characters.
“I really like being the playmaker,” Pitzer said. “I like to talk on the court a lot, and I see the court very well.”
Head coach Luke Ravlin is confident Pitzer will be able to handle whatever is thrown her way.
“Being a point guard is a tough job to begin with because there’s so much you have to handle on the court,” Ravlin said. “For her, I think it’s something that she’s always been ready for, and she’s ready for this challenge too. We graduated the three seniors, but she’s ready to step into that leadership role and do the things she needs to do to make us better every day.”
Pitzer averaged 10.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.4 steals a year ago, and this season, her scoring average is likely to climb as the roster is flush with players who will be adjusting to varsity ball. Putting up shots will likely be a higher priority.
To prepare for the season, Pitzer played shooting guard this past summer for her AAU team, the Rockford Wildcats. She played about 50 games at that position, and is comfortable either shooting from outside or taking the ball to the basket.
“I feel like my shot’s gotten a lot better,” Pitzer said. “I’ve really worked on the physicality of the game, rebounding more, and driving to the hoop. Playing with my travel team, it’s very fast-paced, and it pushes you to be more physical.”
“She definitely can put the ball in the basket when she needs to,” Ravlin added. “She’s got fantastic court vision, especially when she gets going towards the rim. I think she’ll be able to do whatever we need done on any given night.”
Pitzer was on a team that won 19 games last season, and on paper, the current Duchesses would be hard-pressed to match that success. She warns doubters, however, not to sell this team short.
“We have a good group of juniors stepping up to the varsity level,” Pitzer said, “and we have a bunch of freshmen who will be good contributors and help us live up to last year.”