The Red Ledger

Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

The+boys+basketball+team+poses+after+clinching+the+championship+in+the+East+Texas+Shootout
Back to Article
Back to Article

Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

The boys basketball team poses after clinching the championship in the East Texas Shootout

The boys basketball team poses after clinching the championship in the East Texas Shootout

Courtesy of Lovejoy Athletics

The boys basketball team poses after clinching the championship in the East Texas Shootout

Courtesy of Lovejoy Athletics

Courtesy of Lovejoy Athletics

The boys basketball team poses after clinching the championship in the East Texas Shootout

Alexis Russell, Staff Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






After a 4-0 performance to win the championship at the East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro last weekend, the boys basketball team (10-2) will play in four games and a tournament over the break before its district home opener versus Sherman on Jan.11.

“We just gotta keep leaning on our ‘D’ and play unselfish on offense,” head coach Kyle Herrema said. “I think the guys really have been getting better and making the commitment to defend well. I thought the [championship] game against Mansfield Legacy (64-29) was the best game we’ve played all season, on both ends of the floor.”

The Leopards held their opponent to an average of 15 points in the paint throughout the four games of the tournament, while simultaneously averaging 33 points in the paint on offense.

“I think our length is really causing problems with people,” Herrema said. “Part of that, too, is that we’re not giving up second chance opportunities. Our rebounding percentage of missed shots is somewhere around the 75 percent range. Our ability, with our length, to keep people out of the paint coupled with our ability to rebound the basketball has caused a lot of problems for our opponents.”

At this point in the season last year, the team was 5-10. Right now, the Leopards are on a seven-game winning streak. Senior Kyle Olson attributes the difference in regular season play to more experience and improved chemistry.

“Our chemistry is a lot better [this year],” senior Kyle Olson said. “You saw how at the end of district last season, we started figuring things out when we went on that streak to get into playoffs. We just kind of continued that progression throughout the summer. We had a lot of returners, too. We all got a year better and a year stronger.”

With a decent stretch of games to go before the district season, Olson is confident that the outcome will be different this time around.

“Well, we’d take number one [if district were to start tomorrow],” Olson said. “That’s what all of our mindsets are going into it. Our confidence is completely different. Last season, we were hoping to edge into the playoffs, maybe make it if we got lucky. This season we’re hoping to win it all.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Alexis Russell, Staff Writer

Alexis Russell is a senior this year, and it is her second year on staff. She mostly writes about sports, including volleyball, basketball, and baseball....

Leave a Comment

The Red Ledger values the opinion of its readers and encourages them to discuss its content. All comments are subject to approval by The Red Ledger staff. The Red Ledger does not allow anonymous comments and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. Comments are reviewed as often as possible. Comments with inappropriate content will not be published. Once submitted, comments become the property of The Red Ledger. To see our full Comment Policy, visit https://www.theredledger.net/about-us/policies/

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    TRL’s final ‘four’cast

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball looks to continue playoff run against rival Highland Park

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Six for six

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball looks to maintain playoff spot in final two games

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball looks to continue win streak against Princeton

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball to wrap up first round of district

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball to face McKinney North in battle for first place

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball set to commence district season

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball to compete in Brownsboro ISD tournament

  • Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament

    Boys Basketball

    Boys basketball to compete in Prosper tournament

Navigate Right
The online student news source of Lovejoy High School
Boys basketball looks to carry momentum after winning tournament