By Kennedy Curley | Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the varsity basketball team officially began their season with full practices and workouts. The first game of the season will be at home on Monday, Nov. 17, against Naaman Forest.
In order to prepare for the season, the basketball team has significantly increased the amount of conditioning in their practices. They also have worked more on specialized skills that will help them in their match-ups against district opponents.
“Practice is a lot harder this year,” senior Austin King said. “We’ve been running a lot more in practice than we normally do in conditioning workouts and in transition drills to help our endurance and our abilities on the fast break. We’re also working a lot more on our shooting, rebounding and limiting our turnovers.”
With a new district this season, the schedule will be quite different than it was last year with the addition of Highland Park, Mesquite, North Mesquite and Mesquite Horn. Teams lost include Skyline, W.T. White, Jesuit and Sunset.
“We expect our district to be harder than it was last year,” senior Ben Harrison said. “That’s why we’re doing so much conditioning.”
Last year, the team finished with an overall record of 9-21 and a 5-9 district record.
“We want to make the playoffs this year,” junior Grant Lair said. “We want to strive for improvement and make a push in the playoffs.”