23rd District team-by-team previews

23rd District team-by-team previews

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23rd District team-by-team previews

Bullitt Central, Evangel Christian, Moore, North Bullitt, Southern

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Bullitt Central, Evangel Christian, Moore, North Bullitt, Southern

BULLITT CENTRAL

* Coach: Jessie Curry (first year).

* Last season: 9-18 (lost to North Bullitt 63-16 in district semifinal).

* Player to watch: The Cougars’ top returning player is 6-4 senior Danny Goldsmith. The center shot nearly 56 percent from the field last season.

* Other player: G Jax Lester (Sr., 0.8 ppg).

* Outlook: The graduations of Chase Craddock and Cameron Dukes means Curry must find a way to replace nearly 40 points of scoring a night. Lester and Goldsmith are the only seniors on the squad, which Curry said is loaded primarily with freshmen and sophomores.

EVANGEL CHRISTIAN

* Coach: Joe Washington, (seventh year).

* Last season: 13-13 (lost to Bullitt Central 73-62 in district first round).

* Player to watch: With the graduation of the Eagles’ top four scorers, shooting guard Billy Klinglesmith will be the primary threat this year, Washington said. After averaging 4.5 points a game as a junior last season, the 6-1 guard has been working on his shooting, the coach said.

* Other players: F Caleb Payne (6-3, Sr., 2.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg), G Malik Shabazz (6-2, Jr., transfer from Moore).

* Outlook: After consecutive .500 seasons, Washington must replace five seniors and will have a younger roster – more than half of the players are either freshmen or sophomores. However, he believes Klinglesmith and Payne will provide leadership to a team that will be smaller but quicker this season.

MOORE

* Coach: Roy Sutton (second year).

* Last season: 10-18 (lost to Fern Creek 64-52 in Sixth Region quarterfinal).

* Player to watch: Center J.J. Weaver is attracting interest from Division I colleges, including Louisville, for his football abilities, but the 6-7 sophomore will be a big contributor for the Mustangs. As a freshman, he was third in scoring (8.0) and second in rebounds (6.0).

* Other players: F Ramon Collins (6-6, Sr., 11.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg), G Shamar Overstreet (6-2, Sr., 2.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg).

* Outlook: Sutton lost seven seniors from last season’s squad, but he loves that this team is coachable and hard working. He plans to use Collins, the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder, off the bench this season, and he expects more scoring from Overstreet, who came over from Fern Creek (where Sutton previously served as an assistant) in the middle of last season.

NORTH BULLITT

* Coach: Korey Craddock (third year).

* Last season: 23-7 (lost to Bullitt East 72-55 in Sixth Region quarterfinal).

* Player to watch: Senior guard Travis Dunnavan is the top returning scorer for the Eagles. In averaging 13.8 points a game last season, Dunnavan shot better than 60 percent from the field and nearly 55 percent (40 of 73) from beyond the 3-point arc.

* Other players: F Brendan Holt (Sr., 5.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg), F Dylan Ing (Sr., 1.8 ppg), G Lance Johnson (Jr., 0.6 ppg).

* Outlook: After completing the school’s best season ever, the Eagles will need to find replacements for their two top scorers (Ryan Henson and Jared Free). Dunnavan was the team’s No. 3 scorer last season, and Craddock said the guard has the ability to score 25 points a game. Craddock hopes his starters, some of whom had only limited varsity experience last season, can step into starting roles. Having worked their near the top, Craddock said his Eagles are hoping they can stay there for a while.

SOUTHERN

* Coach: Shedrick Jones (fifth year).

* Last season: 15-12 (lost to Moore 72-64 in district semifinal).

* Player to watch: Center Kendall Jones was one of the Trojans top scorers last season, and the 6-5 senior will be called on to be the primary scoring threat this season. He scored 20 points in Southern’s 62-53 victory over Elizabethtown last season.

* Other players: G Charles Wilson (6-2, Jr.), G Dan Black (6-2, Sr.), F Matthew Jones (6-2, Jr.).

* Outlook: After posting their first winning season in five years, the Trojans don’t return a lot of experience or size. However, Jones expects his team to be quick and play at an up-tempo style, rotating at least 10 kids through games. It could be a rough start for Southern as the schedule keeps it from playing at home until January. “We’ll see who we are early,” Jones said.

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