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Cougars to Use Athleticism to Advantage This Season

The South Central Cougars return two players with tangible varsity experience among a roster of ten for the upcoming boys basketball season.

The roster includes two seniors, four juniors, and four sophomores.

Head Coach Rick Simmons is looking for improvement from his young squad and thinks it will happen as the season progresses.

"We're a young group. We do have a lot of inexperience, but they're very teachable, very coachable. And if they'll pay attention and do the right things, I feel like we'll figure it out pretty quick."

The Cougars have two players who measure in at 6'5," but average in height closer to 6'1."

The team has good athleticism, which means South Central may pick up the pace of the game.

"Our makeup is such that we're probably going to have to do some things differently than we have in the past. We've always been a ball-control type team, and not that we won't do that from time to time, but we're probably going to push the ball a little bit more and see if we can create things defensively and offensively."

South Central had three wins in its first season in the National Trail Conference, but Simmons thinks the Cougars will climb the ladder of wins a bit in their second year.

"If I were looking, I'd say we would be somewhere in the middle. Our hopes are to just keep moving up. We want to keep moving up that victory ladder and see how far we can get."

South Central's first home game is an NTC match-up with St. Elmo in December. The Cougars open the season at Vandalia on Tuesday, November 26.

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