The South Gray High School Rebels boys basketball team is having a good season. They’re 7-0 heading into break.
They entered it having finished their December schedule with a win against Spearville Dec. 15 and a win over South Central Dec. 19.
Still, head coach Mark Applegate said the team isn’t flawless, even if their record is so far this year.
“Sometimes we get careless with the basketball but for the most part, as you say we’re 7-0 but there’s always things we can improve,” Applegate said.
The team also needs to improve its ball-control and rebounding, especially on the defensive end, Applegate said.
With that said, after beating Spearville 57-35, and beating South Central by 18 points though, Applegate said the team is generally playing “really well.”
“Both those teams are good teams,” Applegate said. “We beat ‘em by 18 points but we had to play very hard. League-play is going to be very interesting.”
As for the girls basketball team, the Lady Rebels head into the break 5-2 overall. They beat Spearville Dec. 15 in overtime, but lost to South Central.
“(The players are) progressing well, we’ve accomplished a pretty good record for the early season,” South Gray girls head basketball coach Paul Clancy said. “We’ve played on the road six times, so right now I’d say my girls are kind of tired, we’ve been on the road a lot against some quality teams and I think they’re ready for a break for a while.”
Come January 2018, the team will get a brief home-stand, opening the month with Satanta Jan. 9, and Ashland Jan. 12, both at home.
“That’ll be nice,” Clancy said. “We’ve only had one home-game, it’ll be nice to play in front of the home-crowd and not have to travel.”
So far this season, Clancy has liked the heart, hustle and way the team never quits, whether they are winning or losing.
Against South Central, the team played against one of the better teams in the state, Clancy said.
“There were some things we did real well in that game, but there’s some things that (showed) that we need to improve on,” Clancy said.
Those things included taking care of the ball better.
“We get a little lazy with our passes sometimes,” Clancy said.
Also, the team tends to start most of their games by falling behind.
“We’ve got reduce the mistakes at the start of the game so we don’t have to play catchup,” Clancy said. “Those are the main things, and the we’re gonna get better, the girls are gonna get better.”
The team can’t keep turning the ball over early and giving opponents easy baskets early, Clancy said. That’s happened the last three games he said.
“When we get down to a team like South Central, it’s tough to come back, because they’re a state-contending team and they’re experienced,” Clancy said. “It’s not that we’re young, we’re getting better, but we’ve got to have more experience against quality teams to improve.”
The South Gray girls and boys basketball teams next take the court Jan. 9, 2018 when they host Satanta. The girls game is scheduled to start at 6:30, while the boys game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.