Mansfield Sports

Lake Ridge boys hoops enters tough district schedule

As the Lake Ridge boys basketball team gears up for the district season, coach Donte Wilson said that he feels his team is making progress and should be competitive.

The Eagles played Red Oak on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with Summit at 8 p.m. Friday at home.

“I expect them to be the Summit they’ve always been,” Wilson said. “They are going to defend and they are going to play with a ton of confidence. They are well coached. They have a great staff over there and they do a great job. Even though they lost a bunch of guys, they have such a good staff they will be just fine. It will be different, but they will be just as good.”

The Eagles opened up district competition with an 82-47 victory over Ennis, and Wilson said that he was impressed with his team’s effort on both sides of the ball.

“It was probably the best we’ve shot the ball in a while,” Wilson said. “It was also the best that we’ve rebounded, and I think that had to do a lot with the outcome of the game. I thought we defended pretty good, and we made some shots.”

Wilson said he did have a standout effort in the game as well.

“We had a few guys who played little bit better,” Wilson said. “For one, Colby Honeycutt started out in the fall knocking down some shots, and so far this season, they haven’t been falling for him. He got a few the other night, so hopefully that’s a sign of things to come for him.”

Honeycutt finished the game with 15 points.

Wilson would like to see continued improvement from his team as district gets underway, because the Eagles are going to run the gauntlet.

“In terms of performance, we are going to have to play a lot better than what we’ve been playing, just because the league is so tough,” Wilson said. “There’s not a team in our district that can’t beat you. So it is going to be one of those years where we have to be ready every single night and on every single possession.”