“We’ll have some growing pains,” he said. “We have occasional offensive droughts, and having a lot of inexperienced guys we sometimes take bad shots. If you miss a couple and the other team scores a few, sometimes young teams can rush things.”
All are concerns, but Thornton has a track record of success. At Tecumseh, he guided his teams to three years of 20 or more wins. He understands there’s a difference in the speed of the game at the 6A level, but the former Westmoore assistant is familiar with what is needed to succeed on the 6A level.
“I always wanted to get back to this level,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what level you’re at, basketball is still basketball, no matter who’s on the floor.”
Entering the season with that mindset, the Tigers set a series of goals for themselves, including reaching 15 wins and making it to the championship game of every tournament they play in. Most importantly, they want to make a run at the state tournament.
“Nobody expects us to be very good this year,” Harper said. “But people have developed over the summer. We’re going to surprise some people.”
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