Scouts uses strengths to their advantage in sub-district game, fall short

Junior Will Danielson gets fouled while going up for a shot on the block. Danielson led the team in rebounds with seven and in fouls with five.

Renee Backstrom

The David City boys basketball team lost 43-49 in their sub-district game against Columbus Lakeview on Mon., Feb. 19.

After previously playing Lakeview, the Scouts came out in full force not wanting the game to end like last time where they lost 28-57.

“Most of our preparation dealt with the defensive side of things, and paying attention to their 6’8 and 6’5 post players,” Head Coach Cole Carraher said. “They really hurt us the first time we played, so we worked on double teaming/trapping them every time they touched the ball down low.  We also worked on some different things with our zone offense and put in a few more set plays vs. man during this past week.”

The first half went really well for the Scouts, making it 23-22 going into halftime. The boys used all of their advantages against Lakeview’s disadvantages. They shot well from the outside and also drove in a lot against one of Lakeview’s tall posts whose defense could not guard anyone with an outside drive. Even though Carraher was worried about playing man-to-man defense, the Scouts executed it well for it not being their main type of defense.

“Once we got out to an early lead, I was really thinking about how great we were executing our defensive gameplan of swarming their post players, and guys were stepping up and hitting shots to get us off to a good start,” Carraher said.

In the second half Lakeview came out in a press and shut down the Scouts more. Lakeview’s posts made a lot of down low shots and stole the ball from the press. That didn’t discourage the Scouts though. After they broke the press, the offensive side was well put together.

In the end though, the Scouts could not could not get back in the lead and ended up losing by a close margin, 43-49. They ended the season with a record of 9-14.

“The season went well, we lost some tough games that we needed to meet our pre-season goal, so we fell just short of it,” junior Will Danielson said. “Next year we are looking to improve greatly off of this season, and with four returning starters I think we have the tools to do that.”