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Basketball preview: SOHS Dragons

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By Mickey Patterson

LAST YEAR
27-6, won 29th District with a 73-56 win over North Oldham; lost 76-70 to Shelby County in regional finals.
KEY LOSSES
Four seniors in guards Brice Jewett, Austin Bowling, Casey Jackson and center Chris Schumm who accounted for 90 percent of the Dragons’ offense last season.
TOP PLAYER
Carson Fields, 6-foot-4 senior forward who averaged 9.2 points a game last year.
KEY RETURNEES
Trent Martin 6-foot-3 senior center; Dillon Bullock 6-foot senior guard.
TEAM SLEEPER
Jack Sherry, 6-foot-5 sophomore center.
OUTLOOK
The Dragons won a school record 27 games last year in reaching the regional finals, but lose 90 percent of their scoring and rebounding from that team and two all-regional players in Casey Jackson and Brice Jewett.
Senior forward Carson Fields is the lone returning starter. The 6-foot-4 Fields has been ranked in the top five players in the region in some polls after averaging nine points a game last season. With the inexperience of the Dragons, he will be a big key this season, especially early.
“He had a good summer and has become a more consistent shooter,” SOHS coach Steve Simpson said. “He’s kind of been through the wars and with his experience we’re hoping he can talk to the young guys and let them know what to expect.”
Along with Fields, SOHS has two reserves back from last year’s team in 6-3 senior center Trent Martin and senior point guard Dillon Bullock. After that, SOHS has very little varsity experience.
“We’ve got some really good players, just not a lot of experience,” Simpson said. “Right now we are working to find the right combination, just to get the right guys on the court at the same time.”
Joining Martin and Fields inside will be 6-foot-4 senior Dylan Kinney and a pair of sophomores in 6-foot Shea Goodlett and 6-foot-5 Jack Sherry.
Simpson said Goodlett plays much bigger and may be the team’s best rebounder while the athletic Sherry could fill the role that Chris Schumm played last year, a center who can run the floor and shoot the three-pointer.
Bullock will lead an inexperience guard corps from the point where he was the top reserve last season. Eric Blair and Hunter Reynolds, both seniors will play a lot at guard and Andrew Pendleton is in the mix at the point.
As always the Dragons will let the three-pointers fly. SOHS is consistently one of the top three-point shooting teams in the state and will look to continue that trend.
“We haven’t been as consistent as we want to be with our shooting yet, but we will be a good shooting team,” Simpson said.