Area boys basketball enters halfway point in season
While no local teams will be on the court this week during winter break, there is still a lot to be discussed when it comes to high school basketball. By now, teams are making their way to the halfway point in their season, and have what they have for the rest of the year. Here is a look to see where your school compares to others.
While they may look bad on paper, the NEVC Knights are a hot and cold team; meaning when they are hot, they are hot, and when they are not, they are not. NEVC has only one win, coming against the 0-9 Chilhowee Indians.Scoring an average of just over 40 points a game and giving up 55 points on average, the Knights have a new head coach in Brice Leonard after replacing Athletic Director Jenny Allard for the 2022-23 season. The Knights have 11 regular season games and a tournament left on their season, and have the opportunity to turn their season around if they do the little things right.
The Wildcats started out as a threat early on after narrowly losing the GVVC Conference Tournament championship in late November ó winning out against the Montrose Blue Jays, the Hume Hornets, and the Ballard Bulldogs, but things have turned out differently for the green and white Wildcats. After Coach Fred Lundienís departure in the summer, he was replaced by Brent Barnes, who looked to take the reins and run with them. The Wildcats average 41.5 points a game and give up an average of 52.5 points while on defense. With 10 regular season games and two tournaments left in the season, the Wildcats look to celebrate the new year by winning week after week and be a threat in the GVVC.
The Tigers are the only boys team in Vernon County that havenít acquired a new head coach, as nine year Head Coach Shaun Gray. Before the last week of play, the Tigers were 1-7 in the year after only beating out the Fort Smith Southside team at the Carthage Tournament for the seventh place game. Now Nevada will enter the new year after back to back wins against the Carl Junction Bulldogs in the Mustang Classic Tournament after a last minute two pointer by No. 3 Drew Beachler, and a win over district opponent Harrisonville Wildcats last Tuesday evening. Averaging about 44 points a game and giving up an average of 54 points, the Tigers hope to ride the momentum into their second half of the season.
Probably the most surprising of all the teams, the Sheldon Panthers lead all surrounding schools with a winning record of 5-3 after picking up wins against Bronaugh Wildcats (twice), Chilhowee, Miami, and Everton. Head Coach Lloyd Hall replaced Jacob Well after he transferred over to Verona High School, and has landed a fourth place spot in the GVVC District rankings. The Panthers average 46 points per ball game while only giving up 45 points, and look to continue on in the new year fighting for a chance to win more.