Al three county high schools spring back into action tonight when they take to the hardwood. All three schools have been off this week due to exams and each team has only been allowed an hour each day to practice, which has cut down on certain areas of practice that coaches may have wanted to concentrate more on.
The Tarboro Vikings will host county and Eastern Plains Conference rivals the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars tonight.
The Cougar boys have been the dominate team in the county this year under first-year head coach Anthony Burns. They have pulled out some impressive wins along the way with their fast paced offense. They are sitting at 10-4 and are 1-3 in the conference. The Cougars lost their last game before the break when they were defeated by three points, 75-72 in overtime by the North Pitt Panthers.
The Cougars lone conference victory was against the Beddingfield Bruins when they defeated them two weeks ago by six points.
SouthWest is being led by their two senior floor generals, Javin Hinton and Anthony Coley. Those two are leading the team in scoring and rebounding. The have been a terror on the offensive end of the floor on the boards and have given opponents a fit.
The Tarboro boys have been struggling on both ends of the court all season. They have been unable to keep their opponents off of the offensive glass and aren't able to control the opposing teams second and third chance opportunities. Tarboro has won just one conference game and has won only five games all season.
Second-year head coach Craig Savage has worried as of late that his team is playing at the same level as they were earlier in the season. He knows his team needs to pick up their defensive pressure and crash the boards harder on the defensive end of the floor.
In the girls game, the Lady Vikings have struggled the past several games and have ben unable to keep leads, make lay-ups and cut down on turnovers. Head coach Jamie Willoughby knows her team has the potential to be a good fundamentally sound team, but hasn't been playing like it lately.
In a recent game, the Lady Vikings missed 15 lay-ups and were cursed with massive amounts of turnovers, which have plagued them all season.
The Lady Cougars have been trying to find a consistent scorer all season. Head coach Sandra Langley has built some dominate teams during her career, but this is one of the seasons where she is on a downward spiral. Langley has one senior and two juniors and the rest of her team is sophomores and freshman. She has worked on the basic skills part of the game to try and build some of the players confidence up.
She has missed point guard Montana York, who was injured in a recent game and was sidelined for 10 days. York is suppose to be back in action tonight when they travel to Tarboro. She has been one of the main leaders for the Lady Cougars with scoring and assist. She has had recent games, before her injury where she scored 17 and 18 points in two games.
Langley hopes her team can bounce back after the break and get on a winning streak.
The North Edgecombe Warriors will host the Weldon Chargers in Tar-Roanoke Conference action tonight in Leggett.
The Warrior boys have been playing under the radar, under first-year head coach Mike Jones. He hasn't gotten his team to the level he wants them to play at. They have struggled on the defensive end of the floor and have been hurting in the turnover category. The are averaging over 20 turnovers a game which is leading to a lot of points in transition for their opponents. Jones wants to cut down on the miscues and bounce back from two tough losses. His team is in second place with a 3-11 overall record and 2-2 in the conference.
The Lady Warriors have been playing better according to first-year head coach Marion King. Her team was able to pull off an impressive victory last Friday when they dominated Northampton. The Lady Warriors forced over 40 turnovers in the game, but only scored 16 points off of the mistakes.
King wants her team to get better in transition and score off of their opponents mistakes. She is hoping her team continues their aggressive play tonight against the Lady Chargers.