“It’s huge that we get that kind of help on the boards,” Thornton said. “We’re an undersized team, and a lot of the lineups we’re trying have us going small. That makes us a little more athletic but can hurt us inside. We’re still trying to find the right combinations.”
Thornton regularly plays up to nine players, and the starting lineup changes from game-to-game. For an NHS team that played just three games before the holiday break, it’s still early in the season, and Thornton is still finding the lineups and rotations that give the Tigers the balance they need between pushing the ball and not giving up too much in the paint.
For Clark, one of the few Tigers to have much varsity experience before this season, it’s a process that hasn’t always been easy but is getting better every time NHS takes the floor.
“We’ve got a ways to go still this season,” he said after the team notched two victories over the weekend. “But it’s starting to come together.”
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