By Paul Jones
Overcoming a slow start to the season, the boys basketball team is in prime position to make the district playoffs.”We got off to a little bit of a slow start but we are starting to play a lot better now, so we are trying to make a push here into districts,” Head Coach Steve Schmehl said.
Sitting at 10-10, the team has faced some adversity. With the excusal of Jason Rebuck, the Lions lost rebounding and scoring which are key in the type of game they want to play.
Guys like senior Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie and junior Ryan Schreckengast had to pick up in those areas.
One thing that the average fan might not realize is that the team plays a grueling schedule with many tough opponents. “Basketball in York County has gotten really good in the past six or seven years. I think last three years York County has had the best basketball in district three, so we are competing with the best teams,” Schmehl said.
The weather also posed a problem as they lost important practice time. With weather and the challenging schedule combined it makes it even tougher. “The season is so condensed anyway. you get 22 games in really 55 days. With the weather we had more games than practices in the month of January,” Schmehl said.
The Lions however do find things to keep their spirits high. “Guys have been doing some dancing after big wins and you have to do that stuff. Obviously everybody wants to win and it’s serious, especially this time of year. There can be a lot of pressure but pressure is only what you put on yourself,” Schmel said.
There were also many good things about the season. Junior guard Gary Hunt started the season coming off the bench, but was inserted into the starting lineup in the second game of the season and has played extremely well.
“Gary the last six or seven games has been one of our best players, if not our best player. He brings a lot of energy, he can really score the ball, and he is starting to figure out some other things as well,” Schmehl said.
While the boys’ season may have been cut short, there is much that the players, coaches, and fans have to look forward to for next year.
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