Review Boys Basketball: Sheridan vs West Muskingum
January 22, 2021
It was a rough day on January 9th, 2021 for the Sheridan boys basketball team. We were playing at West Muskingum thinking it was going to be a easy game, but were we in for a ride. West M was very prepared for the game after two big losses, but we were not ready with some players arguing and not being focused before the game.
We started off slow and it stuck the rest of the game”
— Ethan Malone
At the start of the game West came out strong and all over us, and we had no answer. At the end of the first quarter the game was close, and we were all blaming each other for our mistakes. Not playing together as a team was our biggest downfall. The second quarter started out much better, unfortunately West was still out playing us; we were being out played all game. Scoring was the most difficult part of the entire game; missing shots, also, did not help improve the team dynamic at all.
West was playing their best game of the season, and we had no answer for them. Before halftime, Sheridan brought it back close making it a new ball game. At halftime, nobody was talking or trying to help each other out, and it felt like nobody wanted to be there at all. The game was close the whole second half, but West kept in the lead winning the game. It was a hard loss, but it will only make us better. Knowing that we just lost to a team we have never lost to before was a complete game changer for us. After the game everyone sat in silence, reflecting on everything that had happened, and what we needed to learn.”
Painful loss, but great learning experience for the rest of the season”
— Landen Russell
The game was not all mentally bad, we did not shoot the ball well or rebound well. I know that everyone on the team has been working on their shooting, and working on boxing out on transition, while also working on out strength under the hoop—which is exactly what we need to do to win games. We have been working on going off of two feet under the hoop so we can drive through the contact so we can finish better around the rim. Overall, this game was not only a learning experience, but also made a huge impact on the communication skills throughout the team.