Young Outlaws seek improvement on hardwood

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By Todd Brooks
Nov 21, 2012 - 8:47:48 AM

WES COAST OFFENSEThe Marlow Outlaws are young, but they will still be looking to improve on last season’s 5-19 record under third-year coach John Garrett.
The coach returns only two starters from last year’s squad and had only four practices as of Monday, which means he is still seeking the right fit for a starting five.
The returning starters are senior Jackson Huddleston and junior Wes Coast. Junior Kirby Neufeld started a couple of games and saw playing time off the bench.
“After those guys it’s pretty wide open,” Garrett said
The Outlaws have two seniors (Huddleston and Sean Hazel), four juniors and 10 sophomores.
“We’re pretty young,” Garrett admitted. “We don’t have a whole lot of experience, not even Kirby who started for us a couple of games last year doesn’t have a lot of high school experience. The only real ones with varsity experience are Jackson and West.”
The coach also mentioned sophomore Nathan Crowson is cleared to play and sophomore Zac Beasler has been able to practice partially and he expects the two to be contributors
Even with the inexperience and not much time together, the coach has been impressed with his team so far.
“So far, the kids are playing really well together,” Garrett said. “They are unselfish and are pretty clued in at practice.
“Our strength will be how well we play together. We have some tough games and a lot will depend if we play together, especially with the conference we are in (Canadian Valley). We’ve got some Class 4A school in the conference. In 3A, we have Bethany, Blanchard, Tuttle, and Newcastle.
“It’s a pretty tough schedule until Christmas. We’re going to use Christmas time to January to get really clicked in.”
He will then make a decision to solidify a starting five.
“We’re going to mix and match until Christmas, and then we’ll try to get things set in stone,” Garrett said.
“We’ve got a good problem because this is going to be a tough decision,” he continued. “The kids are competing hard for the spots.”
The Outlaws will be picking up the offensive pace a little bit.
“We will be able to run better than the past, but we still will slow it down quite a bit,” Garrett said. “We will get some points when we can run. You’ve got to be able to do a little of both to be real effective on offense.”
They will rely on their defense as well.
“We had some pretty good defensive games last year,” Garrett said. “I think we had more better defensive games then offense games.”
The Outlaws have a scrimmage game Friday morning at 10 against Walters at home before they open the season Tuesday at home against Lone Grove.
“My cousin coaches at Lone Grove and I talked to him the other day,” Garrett said. “They were in the same situation we are in with a bunch of young guys. This will be a good opportunity to see where we are at.
“Basketball is so different than football,” Garrett said. “Don’t have the comfort of getting a whole week preparing for an opponent to get better at what you do. You just try and play as you go. You have to get in shape, which is a major part of it.”