The Timberwolves will return three starters next season, and Merritt said that Saturday’s loss could hold a lesson for those returners next season.
“We didn’t have any guys in our locker room that had won a playoff game before,” he said. “Getting here, they see what it takes in Class 6A to make it to state, and the teams you have to beat.”
North will lose several key contributors to graduation, including Payton Prince, Kairo Rutledge and Malcolm Carter.
“Looking at this season, those guys did a lot,” Merritt said of his senior class. “To accomplish what we did with me only being here seven months, I’m pleased with the season. To win the second-most games in the history of the school, they did a lot over the whole year.”
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