It was a sentence uttered by many coaches this preseason: “We’re not very tall.”
They also said things like, “We’re going to be more guard-oriented,” “we have to keep teams from getting the ball inside,” or “we’re going to rely a lot more on our speed.”
The coaches were all getting at the same thing, their teams had lost their height and were having to make due with a smaller lineup.
Central High lost a pair of 6-foot girls in Austyn Taylor and Nikole Repp, Duncan lost 6-5 center Michael Buben, while Bray-Doyle lost Ronnie Keck (6-4), Velma-Alma lost Corbin Byford (6-7) and Comanche lost Eric Brownlee (6-4).
All were strong low-post players. None, it seems, are being replaced this season.
Either this year’s senior and junior classes are a bit on the shorter side or last year’s seniors just did a really good job of eating their vegetables and drinking their milk.
Greg Crews is sports editor of The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.