Boys’ basketball looks to correct mistakes

Farmers prepare for district games beginning Friday, Jan. 3 against Coppell


Jannelle Everett

Sophomore Keyonte George (1) dribbles the ball as he looks for an open teammate during the game against R.L. Turner on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Starting the season with an inconsistent record of [9-6], the boys’ basketball team has strived to make its main goal winning as a team and learning more about each other as the season continues into later games. 

Returning players and coaches have analyzed this year’s team, which they believe has changed only slightly since last year. Although, the coaches believe the absence of graduated key players has not negatively impacted the team.

“I don’t think there has been a lot of change,” head coach Brian Miller said. “I know we are a little less deep in the sense that we have a lot less seniors. I like the change [and] I think we are more mature. We understand what we are doing, but you know, having a little less depth in the sense of having more guys is different.”

Heading into district games, the team hopes to live up to expectations such as being ranked and improving on personal goals. They believe they must accomplish the goals set for themselves and by others.

“I wouldn’t say [I’m] nervous, but I would just say living up to the hype [because] they’ve got us ranked [at 97] in the state this year,” sophomore captain Keyonte George said. “We want to meet standards in order to achieve our goals.” 

Several of the team losses were only by a couple points. The group is aware of what causes the close point losses and hopes to eliminate those issues in upcoming district games. The team next faces Waxahachie this Friday, Dec. 20 at Waxahachie. 

“Whenever we get down, it’s in the beginning,” senior shooting guard Austin Pugh said. “We always have to come back up from a hole.”