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War Eagles Improvement Evident Despite First-Week Woes

The War Eagles fell to the Yellowjackets by two points in their season opener last Tuesday (Photo: The Post)

The War Eagles basketball team opened their 2022-23 season this past week with games against Springfield High School and West Creek High School.

On Tuesday, November 15, the team traveled to neighboring Springfield to face the Yellowjackets. While the 60-58 loss for Sycamore was not what they had hoped for going into the nail-biting matchup, the team's on-court improvement was evident.

"It's a long season, and we've got plenty of work to do," says Sycamore Head Coach Fisher Bailey. "But I can already tell a huge jump from last season."

Top scorers of the game were Christian Sanders (junior) and Lucas Morris (sophomore) with 16 apiece; Morris also led the team in in rebounds, contributing 11. Senior Austin Morris had five steals and five assists.

In the home opener on Friday evening, the War Eagles suffered their second loss, falling to the West Creek Coyotes, 78-62.

"The team as a whole has been playing hard," Bailey added. "We have dug ourselves into holes these past two games and have fought hard to get out of them, but we came up short. While we are struggling shooting the ball from the floor and the line, we are putting the reps in and I expect the shots to start falling as we move forward."

A. Morris and L. Morris tied up the top of the scoreboard with 13 points each. Senior Josh Strother contributed 11, and freshman Hicks Hunter came in close behind him with 9. Senior Rhett Hunt led the team in assists with 4, L. Morris led with 11 rebounds, and Hunt/Hunter each boasted four steals.

On Tuesday, November 22, the War Eagles will travel to Hume-Fogg before taking a brief pause for the upcoming holiday.


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