High School Basketball Is Here

Johnie Logue
Enterprise Staff
High school basketball will start next week and it should be very interesting to say the least. All three Benton County teams are entered once again in the  85th Warsaw boys and girls tournament. 
The Warsaw boys drew the eighth seed and will face the No. 1 Seeded Skyline Tigers. Lincoln is seeded fourth which could be a mistake. Tyler Burke’s team could be pretty good this year before all is said and done.
The Warsaw boys are coming off a two win season and things could be rough in the beginning. They lost to St. Elizabeth 29-12 last week in Eugene at their jamboree. Also, they lost to host school Eugene 41-12 and they  managed to beat Macks Creek 24-14. 
New Head Coach Scott Floyd has been working with the kids and they are slowly improving as time goes by. Like most teams, turnovers will probably be the biggest thing to worry about in the beginning and Stockton and Skyline will test them in their first two games.
Juniors Matt Luebbert and Logan Davis will have to handle the scoring load. Cole Branson, a 6’5 Senior could be a big difference before the season is over. Last year they averaged 39.2 a game and needless to say that is not near enough to be very successful at any level. The boys need about 60-65 ppg. and the girls need 50-55 at least to be successful on a regular basis.
The boys will probably shoot more threes this season. Senior Tyler Simons and Freshman Trey Palmer will be asked to be shoot the basketball from the three point  line. Simons has been inconsistent  and Palmer is untested. 
Again, they need a another ball handler in a hurry to step up. Sophomore Lane Bates will give the Wildcats a wide body in the middle and along with Luebbert and Branson he will have to rebound for the Wildcats to win.
The smart teams will double team Luebbert and so Davis will have to score from the outside or drive and get to the free throw line. Coach Floyd has worked on their passing game so hopefully it will cut down on their many turnovers as Davis loved to dribble the ball last season. Branson in the middle will give him someone to pass to and Branson showed he could score late last season.
Luebbert is a pure athlete and can play all five positions on the court if needed. He would give them a big guard with Bates and Branson down low. Senior Keegan Glenn is not a scorer although he has looked better in practice this year. Glenn is just a battler and he does it with a smile on his face. Another surprise could be Jake Luebbert. He is a big,strong kid who could help underneath.
On the girls side, the defending State Champions, the Skyline Lady Tigers are seeded first and they return three time All- State Kaylee Damitz and she is worth the price of admission. Warsaw drew the fifth seed and will play Conway on Monday at 6:00 Pm. That might be a high send for the Lady Wildcats. We will find out a little more when they play Cole Camp on the road  this week. They do return probably the best girl player in Benton County in Aubrie McRoberts. She scored over 300 points as a  freshman last season. She is a true softball player but she is such a gifted athlete that she can play just about any sport very well. Coach Cody Morgan deserves a winning team and has worked with the girls on their passing. His problem will be to find a couple of scorers to help McRoberts. Kylee Creach, Hannah Chapman and Jessie Glenn could solve the problem. Their bomber though is Jordan Plybon. She can shoot threes and could average 10-15 ppg. This season.
Well enough of that. You can read more in our sports edition set to come out soon.