Smith County High School Basketball 2020-2021 Season Preview

November 25, 2020

Smith County High School Owls Basketball 2020-2021 Season Preview

After only winning three games last year, the Head Coach Trey Sanders and the Owls will look to improve this season based on the experience their young team gained last year.

“With us playing a bunch of freshman and sophomores last year, it really helped them get ready for this upcoming year. They got some good experience in games last year and they will thrive off of that,” Sanders said.

This experience from last will provide a good foundation, as the Owls will look towards some of the younger players to step up in this next season, especially in a season that could see players needing to be quarantined or injuries that could occur throughout the season.

“Last year the young guys like the freshman and sophomores just played a role and this year we expect them to set up and take a bigger role,” Sanders said.

Sanders believes that his team’s experience could come in handy in his team making a jump in the district this year due to how they improved as the season progressed last year, and that the team gained a winning mentality towards the end of last year.

“I think we can be a top four team in our tough district this year but it will take a lot of work on our part,” Sanders said. “It really helps that the team bought in defensively last year and we hope to pick up right where we left off.“

While the Owls hope that they can make a jump this season and win a few more games that last year, the coronavirus brings a number of challenges on top of winning games.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Sanders said. “I mean hopefully we will be able to play a full season. With everything going on you just have to play it one day at a time. As well as playing with the players we have. I have players hurt and quarantined as well. So we just have to prepare with what we have available.”

Smith County High School Lady Owls Basketball 2020-2021 Season Preview

The Lady Owls and Head Coach Todd Hess will look to build off of last season in which they won four games. The Lady Owls are returning a number of players from last year, as they did not lose any players due to graduation. With a young team, it is hard to gauge expectations but the Owls will hope to take a step in the right direction this year.

“Believe it or not we might actually be younger,” Hess said. “This district is an extremely tough district, but of course you want to be in the situation where you’re in the top four teams so you can have birth to the region. In this district you have to bring it day in and day out or you’ll get embarrassed so you have to bring it to every game. Especially in this tough district where I truly believe that someone will bring the gold ball back to our district.”

The Owls will look to their lone senior and two year starter Alexis West as a leader this year. Hess spoke about the team’s ability through all of the classes, and believes there are players that could step up into different roles as the season progresses, which may be needed as the coronavirus is always changing the landscape.

“With Covid, you never know who will be available to play so you have to get everyone ready for any situation,” Hess said “You might even have to get players who are exactly ready to be in a role but this year you have to be ready for anything and everything.“

Hess also spoke about how over his career as a coach, the coronavirus is bringing challenges that he hasn’t ever had to prepare for, especially when you never know when your season could end.

“It’s a challenge, but a great challenge in that it really gets you ready for any situation because you never know what’s going to happen,” Hess said. “You just have to be ready at all times and be careful at the same time.”



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