Living up to the expectations of one’s own shadows is easier said than done. Especially when that shadow is a 23-2 winning season, the record of North’s 2012-2013 basketball team.
It’s looking as though North basketball players may have an uphill battle ahead of them this year.
“With some of the new players, we haven’t played together at all,” Senior R.J. Hutcherson said.
The boys’ basketball team is looking for improvement. Hutcherson pointed out that, “[The team] needs to improve ball movement and team unity.” Both of which could be expected from a team that has yet to play together.
The girl’s basketball team had an equally impressive 22-2 winning season last year, and they capped their success by winning OCCs.
Junior Hannah Ferguson said, “It was fun and a very productive season.” A varsity player, Ferguson said this year the girls will need to focus on improving their shooting.
“We need to just get better at all aspects of the game this year, offensively and defensively,” girls basketball coach Jim Kloepfer said. Kloepfer is also a Guidance Counselor at North.
Kloepfer said they’re looking to keep their 20-game winning streak in the OCC going this year while building on their success in tournaments.
However, with senior players Devon Jackson and Kelsey Walker out until December with injuries, the team may have a harder start.
The season starts on December 3 with an away, non-conference game against Eastmoor Academy in Columbus.