By: Owen Bower, Staff Writer
After losing in the semi-finals last year in CCS, the Leigh Longhorns varsity basketball team looks to improve and go even further this year. After losing a good amount of seniors last year, the team will rely on team chemistry and the depth of their lineup. Preparing for their first season game on January 2nd, the Longhorns face a difficult preseason schedule. After winning to Sequoia 68-47 in their first game, they lost the next two against Bellarmine and Cupertino. Their next game is Thursday vs Valley Christian and then travel to San Diego to play four games in the Torrey Pines tournament.
Dylan Johnston, starting point guard, played in 25 games last year and averaged 8.2 points per game which was the highest out of al the juniors. Max Lee, starting shooting guard, who played in 22 games last year, hopes to lead the team in the right direction and set a tone for the regular season. Connor Smith has to fill in big shoes to replace Ethan Thompson who was their big man and averaged 11.6 points per game. The whole team will have to step up in order to fill in for the talented senior class last year.
“Playing against a strong preseason set of games allows us to prepare for the regular season and sets us up to have a successful run in CCS, I feel like we have very good chance this year if we get max effort from everybody and people can come up big in big opportunities,” says Max Lee.
The Longhorns will play their first home game on January 9th against Piedmont Hills, attempting to beat them after losing to them twice last year. The Longhorns will need the school to attend the home games and support the team.