HBHS mid-season recapPublished 10:18am Thursday, December 27, 2012
By Ed Bailey
Following tournament victories, the Horseshoe Bend High School basketball teams are heading into the break with confidence, at least according to HBHS boys and girls coach Mike Boyd.
While things are looking up for the Generals and Lady Generals, their respective triumphs in the Central-Clay tournament come off the heels of slumps from the team.
The girls currently sit at 9-5, starting off the season with four straight wins before splitting their last 10 games.
The boys began the year with three straight victories before dropping six of their next 10.
Boyd said he likes what he has seen from the girls team, adding that as good as HBHS’ record indicates, the Lady Generals could be even better. He credited the constant improvement of the Lady Generals to their start.
“A lot of our girls are improving and getting to where they can score more and we don’t have to rely on Asia (Stowes) and Ranley (Clayton) so much,” he said. “ I’ve been very impressed with their eagerness to learn and their effort to improve. They’ve shown everything that you look for in a basketball team and we’re getting better. I’m very excited about them.”
Boyd said the Lady Generals have only begun to scratch the surface of their potential, adding that the break will also allow for the girls to get a chance to fine-tune the little things.
“We just need to continue to get better and work on our fundamentals,” he said. “The biggest thing for the girls is getting some more practice time before we play our first ball game or two of the New Year. We need to get back into the gym and practice on some stuff.”
The boys have caught Boyd’s eye with their ability to smother offenses.
Boyd said that the Generals must continue this kind of play in order to help the team become better in 2013.
“From time to time I’ve been really impressed with the way they boys play defense,” he said. “The more consistent we can become with our defensive play, the better we can be. If we can create more turnovers and get easier shots, it’ll help us out on the offensive end.”
Boyd said that the chief area that the boys and girls need to improve is their performance at the charity stripe.
“Our free throw shooting needs work,” he said. “The girls in particular need to get better, but the boys need improvement there, too.”
Still, Boyd is looking forward to the Generals return to play in 2013. He said he felt the tournament wins would be the momentum boost the boys and girls need to get to the next level.
Boyd added that he expected the boys to return from the break refreshed and ready to go.
“I think our boys will come back really excited,” he said. “I think these tournament wins will really help both teams.”