The Trigg County High School basketball team is gearing up for the season and they have a lot of experience on the team with several juniors and seniors on team said head coach Mason Burgett.
It’s the first time in a long time that they’ve had several juniors and seniors Burgett said and that ever since he’s been there, they’ve had a sophomore or younger player starting. This season will be year four for Burgett as head coach of Trigg County’s boys basketball team. Because of the experience factor, he said expectations are pretty high.
He said they have three seniors that’ll play a lot including Luke Washer, Hunter Reynolds and Aquarius Gude. Junior Jhaden Vaughn will also get a lot of playing time and was touted by Burgett as a very talented player. He’ll look for those veterans to mentor the younger players by showing a lot of energy and effort in practice and that he thinks they’re off to a good start with that.
He said the younger guys will just have to work their way into opportunities and that if they find themselves in that role, they have to bring it every day and try to really work into that role. Burgett said that’d come through energy and effort and defense and rebounding.
“I’ve had most of our younger guys in some capacity over the last four years, whether I was helping with the middle school or if they got called up or were with our program last year, so there’s familiarity there and this community is small and they all know each other, it’s not they’re meeting each other for the first time when they get up here so that leadership aspect has already been established, and I think that they need to just carry it on the floor and see that,” Burgett said. “I think they all already are doing a really good job of that though.”
When it comes on the court, Burgett said they’re always trying to push the tempo, play fast, try to get the ball up and down the floor as quick as they can, play in transition and use their athletes effectively. On the defensive side of things, they want to play right into that play with constant pressure and try to force the other team into turnovers.
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“You’re going to see a lot of traps, you’re going to see some full court pressure defense, you don’t see that as much anymore so you’re going to see a lot of full court press, you’re going to see run a structured break that gets the ball down the floor, look for a lot of people to be involved, it’s not going to be a one-man show out there by any means, we’re going to have several players involved in the scoring so I think that’s something to look for,” Burgett said.
Burgett talked with a lot of excitement in his voice and touched on how they have a special team this season. He thinks the team is most excited for the shift in style of play compared to how they were more inside oriented last year, which made it the best way for them to try and win. Last season he said they were a little bit slower and defensively played zone a lot more than they will this season. He said they’re excited to just go as fast as they’ll be able to play this season.
“We got a really special group of guys that I’ve been with for a long time, and I think that they have really good team chemistry and I think that’s going to show on the floor, I think it’s going to be a really fun group to watch because we’re going to get up and down the floor and play the way that really complements them as basketball players,” Burgett said. “I think it’s going to be a really exciting style of play.”
Game to game Burgett said they want to get more shots than the other team, play fast and that in his opinion, you measure that through shot attempts.
“So, we want to play with a high number of shot attempts, we have to have high differential in shot attempts and you get that through creating turnovers and you get it through getting offensive rebounds,” Burgett said. “So, game to game those are some of the things that I look at to see if I feel like we played a good game even if the scoreboard doesn’t show it.”