By Taylor Lockard
The Louisiana boys basketball team is facing a season where they will have to adjust to a team that lost four starters since last year and has several new faces. Head Coach Matt Smith told the Louisiana Press-Journal that because of that, there have been “A lot of big changes that have happened.”
With a 16-10 record from last season behind them and looking into the upcoming season, Smith said the goals have stayed the same as in earlier years, with the Bulldogs striving to be “1-0 after every game and compete for a district title at the end of the season.”
When it comes to Smith’s expectations for this season, he wants his team to work on daily improvement and for the more experienced team players to help out the younger ones by setting a good example, especially because “We are so young with four freshman looking at court time this year,” he said.
Smith said he expects Derek Richards, Tyler Hopkins, and Remi Feldewerth “to really step up and lead by example,” as they have more court time under their belt and Smith said his team’s “biggest challenge will be our inexperience.”
In describing his overall coaching approach, Smith said it is “straight forward. I want my teams to be hard nose and tough; no quit attitude.”
The Bulldogs started the season off on Monday, Nov. 19 on their own court, playing against Palmyra, falling 75-46.
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