After a week of play, the Spearville Royal Lancers boys basketball team is 1-1 to start the season.
The team opened with a 50-38 win against Ashland last Friday.
“We played better than I thought we were going to do after only having four days of practice,” Lancers head coach Chris Sohm said. “Thankfully a lot of the guys who’ve had varsity experience, that did show.”
The young players who played for Sohm in the summer league basketball also played well and showed a lot of improvement, Sohm said.
“Overall I was pretty pleased with the guys’ effort versus Ashland,” Sohm said.
The team then opened play in the Larned Tournament in Larned, Kansas, losign to Macksville.
Sohm said he knew going into that game the team would need to play well to compete against Macksville.
“Unfortunately we didn’t rebound or take care of the basketball well enough to give ourselves a shot to win the ball game,” Sohm said.
Macksville started with a big run, and though the Lancers fought back, they couldn’t get over the hump to win because of turnovers and rebounding.
The team will play either Kinsley or Kiowa County today.
“We just lack depth at the varsity level,” Sohm said.
The team is primarily playing five individuals, while the sixth is a senior who, though he works tremendously hard, hasn’t played before this season, Sohm said.
It’s not an ideal setup with six primary players.
“Those guys that are playing most of the minutes, they’re doing the best they can and they have high expectations, as do I of what Spearville basketball needs to look like and needs to be,” Sohm said. “Hopefully after Christmas we can get a couple guys back from injury that will add to our depth.”
In particular, that’ll include on the post.
“(We’re) kinda riding out the storm of injuries,” Sohm said. “Hopefully we can play well up to Christmas Break and then over Christmas Break we can get healthy and hopefully become a very competitive basketball team each and every night.”