NORMAN — The Westmoore boys tipped off their season last week with a hard fought 10-point win over Norman High. It’s the type of win that can give a young team like the Jaguars something build upon as it heads into the season.
But it’s the foundation that coach Scott Hodges has built his program upon that will determine the squad’s success during the 2013-14 campaign.
“We should have a team that will play very hard on both ends of the floor,” Hodges said. “We have a really inexperienced team this season, but one that will continue to get better as the year goes along. The thing I like about this team is they have worked hard every day and progressed so much since we started practice.”
Westmoore returns just one starter from last season’s squad. Tripp Fuller is a four-year starter and the team’s most versatile player. Against Norman, the senior racked up 20 points and 10 rebounds.
“Tripp Fuller is our leader,” Hodges said. “He has been a very successful high school basketball player for three years, and we are expecting really big things for him this season. He averaged around 18 points and 7 rebounds last season and has improved in all aspects of his game.”
The Jaguars are also expecting Dervon Hill and Justin Cates to have solid seasons.
“They are two guys who have the potential to have really good years,” Hodges said. “We have very good senior leadership with Matt Humphries, Quintin Powell, and Hunter Glover. They are guys who work really hard and have bought into what this program is about for four years.”
One of the staples of the Jaguars since Hodges arrived is having a balanced attack. He’s never relied on one player to carry the load.
“Our balance should be a strength of this team,” Hodges said. “Last year we counted on three guys to do the majority of our scoring. This year we should be able to count on different guys every night that can score the ball. These guys have high basketball IQs and we will execute our stuff really well.”
The Jaguars’ annual trip to Durant for the Lion Classic was canceled last weekend due to snowy and icy weather. Tuesday, their home opener against Norman North had to be postponed. Westmoore will get back to work Dec. 17 when it faces No. 7 Midwest City (1-0).
“The only expectation we have for our teams is to play hard and act the right way on and off the floor,” Hodges said. “Wins and losses to me are secondary. The main thing we teach our student athletes is to be a good person and teammate. We feel this mindset is one of the main reasons our program have improved so much.”
However, the expectations for what fans can expect hasn’t changed.
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