Basketball Season Preview

Tyler Mozingo, Sports Editor

A season planned on having much success. 

The basketball team is beginning their 2019-2020 campaign.

A team that went all the way to the region final last year, looks to repeat that and win the 6th region and move on to the state tournament. The team lost five seniors from last year’s team, so the juniors from last year’s team are now going to have to step up as seniors. 

Team chemistry is a big key in a team’s success. “It took us a long time to have a family feel on last year’s team. We feel like we already have that going in to this year because we’re all a lot closer to each other and we feed off each other,” said senior guard Montrell Page. Being able to overcome adversity is something Page feels is going to be a factor in how far this team goes in the postseason. “We have to be for each other. Not just part of the time, but all the time. When things go bad, we have to be there for our teammates and get things going on the right track again,” said Page. 

Head coach Jason Couch is going into his fourth year leading the Chargers. This is Couch’s 22nd year coaching in total. Couch had not experienced a run that the Chargers went on last year at Bullitt East, as the previous two seasons ended in the district tournament. He is looking to better that run from last year and take this team to the state tournament. “This is a very deep team we have this year with numerous guys being able to fill the score sheet any given night. With losing key guys from last season, players are going to have to step up and play to their potential to be able to win ball games. We have Zak Perdew coming back which is key as Zak was a first team all region selection last year and was our leading scorer,” said Couch. 

To be able to be successful, the team has to meet the expectations of themselves and their coach. “The scrimmages went according to plan, obviously it’s not going to be a finished product in our first games of the year, but we’re getting there,” said senior forward Hunter Brogan. “We’ve had guys from different sports coming back to be able to add another dynamic to work toward our goal of a state championship,” said Brogan. 

A state championship is always the goal for any team, but this team feels they have the pieces to make a run toward that goal. “We are an old group. A lot of guys are very experienced and we’re extremely deep. Guys that are young have been stepping up in practice to build that trust with the older guys and coaches to be able to go in and make an impact,” said Brogan. With the team’s depth and size between a number of guys, a championship could be within reach. The Chargers have five guys listed at 6 foot 4 inches or taller: Hunter Brogan, Ethan Boyer, Josiah Morris, Will Blanford, and Tucker Blanford. 

A goal is a goal, and the Chargers are working toward the ultimate one and be the last team standing and hoisting the KHSAA state championship trophy.