In the past, Upper Arlington High School girls basketball player Jane Windler would try to defeat opponents single-handedly -- literally.

In the past, Upper Arlington High School girls basketball player Jane Windler would try to defeat opponents single-handedly -- literally.

This season, however, the 6-foot-1 senior post player is learning how to use her non-shooting hand -- her left hand -- to help improve her shooting technique.

The change hasn't been easy.

"It really messed with my head," Windler said. "I was used to shooting one way, and (the coaches) wanted me to shoot another. It got frustrating."

The change seems to be paying off. Windler is one of the Golden Bears' leading scorers, averaging 11.3 points through 13 games, and was among the area leaders in shooting percentage, having made 60.3 percent of her field-goal attempts through 12 games.

Windler also has become a vocal leader on the team.

"She knows that this is her year and, being a senior, she's more confident this season," coach Chris Savage said. "In the past, Jane was one of those players who led by their actions. This year, she's one of our best vocal leaders. That's been invaluable to the team."

Windler scored 15 points in a 50-32 victory over DeSales on Dec. 29, had 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 59-46 victory over Hilliard Davidson on Jan. 8 and had eight points and eight rebounds in a 47-43 victory over Dublin Coffman on Jan. 15.

"Jane's been a stalwart for us in the middle," Savage said. "Even though our scoring is pretty spread out, she's been one of the main cogs for us. A lot of what we do centers around her.

"If she is playing well, we're getting good penetration. She can either shoot or dish it off to someone else. She does a good job of setting up others."

Windler scored eight points in a 45-42 loss to Thomas Worthington last Friday. The Cardinals closed the game on a 13-4 run, with Brooklyn Martinez hitting a 3-pointer with a 2.5 seconds left.

The loss dropped UA -- ranked second in the Division I state poll last week -- to 12-1 overall and 7-1 in the OCC-Central Division. Entering play last Tuesday, the Bears were tied with Hilliard Davidson for first in the league, with Coffman one game behind. The Bears played Worthington Kilbourne last Tuesday.

UA plays host to Hilliard Darby on Friday and Coffman on Saturday before traveling to Central Crossing on Tuesday.

The Bears defeated Darby 56-30 on Dec. 18, but the Panthers played without point guard Kalee Seagle, who entered last Tuesday averaging 8.2 points in the previous five games.

Coffman is led by point guard Sarah McQuade and wing Lindsey Zitzke, who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, in the teams' first meeting.

"With Darby, we just have to be on the ball," Windler said. "With guards Ashley Stuart, Michela Paradiso, Mary Corbett and Sarah Hobbs, I know we can handle (an up-tempo team).

"Coffman does pretty well at driving to the basket, but they've got a fair amount of good shooters and some good all-around players. We have to keep our focus in order to be successful."