It’s safe to say Kyle Guy‘s season didn’t get off to the start he wanted – or expected.
Lawrence Central lost nine of its first 10 games under first-year coach Al Gooden. Granted, eight of the nine losses came against teams that either are or have been state ranked. Still, it didn’t sit well with Guy and his teammates.
“I don’t care if you’re playing the (Cleveland) Cavaliers, it hurts going (1-9),” he said. “I’d be an idiot to say I didn’t question it. But we just kept telling each other we had to keep fighting and fighting. It’s paid off.”
After a comeback 58-57 win at Mt. Vernon on Saturday, Lawrence Central is 8-12 and riding a three-game winning streak. The Bears have two regular-season games remaining – Tuesday night against Noblesville and Feb. 24 vs. Broad Ripple – before the sectional begins.
“We’ve had transfers and kids quit,” Guy said. “We’ve had minor setbacks, but we’re staying on course.”
Guy, who is averaging 19.1 points and hitting 40 percent from the 3-point line (44-for-109), is going through his first season since committing to Virginia. Guy is one of the state’s top 2016 prospects and was recruited by several schools in the area.
“Besides the (college) coaches in the stands, it hasn’t seemed that much different,” he said. “I feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders and I’ve been able to focus on the school season. I know I chose the right school and those are the only coaches I want to see in the stands.”
Guy said he has watched plenty of Virginia this season. The Cavaliers are 24-1 and ranked No. 2 in the country.
“I watched them every time they play,” he said. “I usually re-watch them to see the pack line defense. I still don’t understand it and I’ve watched every game. But I’m just trying to get a step ahead when I get there. I see that I’ll fit in well in the system in defense and offense. I can’t wait to get there.”
Guy has been backed by fellow junior guard Mehki Biffle, who is averaging 15.5 points and 3.6 rebounds.
Lawrence Central will host what appears to be a wide-open Sectional 10 field that also includes Lawrence North (15-4), Tech (13-7), Cathedral (11-7), Roncalli (14-4) and Warren Central (9-8).
“I think we have as good a chance as anybody if we’re playing well,” Guy said. “We have our chemistry now. These next (two) games will tell us how the sectional will go, I think.”
• Guerin Catholic senior Matt Holba was one of six players recognized by the IBCA Player of the Week program.
Holba, 6-6 Lehigh recruit, had 38 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in a 63-46 win over Heritage Christian. He was just two off Jordan Rapp‘s record of 40 points set in 2010. He 15-for-21 from the field and 4-for-5 from the 3-point line.
Other boys honored were Fairfield senior Joe Line (38 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Fremont) and Floyd Central senior Myles Ervin (30 points in a win over Evansville Harrison).
Mt. Vernon junior Sydney Shelton was one of three girls named. The 5-8 Shelton, a Kentucky recruit, averaged 31.0 points in two games.
Princeton junior Jackie Young (32.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in three games) and Fort Wayne Bishop Luers junior Emma Wolfe (26.7 points in three games) were also honored.
• Is Wes Stowers putting together a season worthy of mention for the IndyStar Indiana All-Star team? Stowers, North Central’s senior point guard, is averaging 16.9 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and is shooting 44 percent from the 3-point line (47-for-107). He’s also hitting 84 percent (63-for-75) from the free-throw line.
Maybe most important to Stowers’ credentials: North Central is 15-3 and ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.