LOCUST GROVE —
Locust Grove’s Head Boys’ Basketball Coach Ronnie Maple continued his perfect record against county rival Salina Tuesday night.
His team began the season with a win by beating the Wildcats 72-28.
“It’s always good to start off the season with a win,” Maple said. “Playing a lot of young kids, I thought we started off kind of slow. You could tell the nerves of the kids, just being the first game of the year and a lot of them their first varsity experience, but as the game went on I thought they did a really good job of settling down and getting their shot lined out. So hopefully by the next game, and the next game and the next... they start relaxing and start playing like they did towards the middle and end of the game.”
Ten freshmen and sophomores experienced time on the court Tuesday night for Locust Grove. Sophomores Tyler Rowland and Colton Pike started for the Pirates, combining for 16 points.
Freshman forward Jason Pirtle accounted for two steals and four rebounds. However, experience still had the upper hand for the Pirates.
Senior point guard David Stone scored 23 points to lead the Pirates in scoring. Senior small forward Reed Bryant pulled in seven rebounds and stole the ball three times. Wildcats’ point guard Cale Backward led Salina scoring with 12 points.
“They’re (Salina) a good basketball team. We just played really well and we got some good players that have been here and kept that going and we got some players coming that will keep that tradition going,” Maple said about being undefeated against Salina.
Locust Grove will play Salina later in the season, Feb. 4, at Salina.