Life Inside the Lines: Riding highs, low of roller-coaster

cfhoops-20clap(Editor’s Note: Kyle Ewing is a junior basketball player at Carolina Forest who provides an inside look at the program in this series of articles.)

This season has been a roller-coaster ride since the beginning.

We started with Damon McDowell, a huge piece of the team, rehabbing his broken leg from the football season, as well as another player serving a suspension. Our home opener went well without those two players, as we had a 44-point victory against North Myrtle Beach, but the following day we traveled to Wilmington to play E. Ashley High School and took a tough loss. Following that, we won two more games, lost to Myrtle Beach at home, and traveled to Wilmington and beat Hoggard putting us at 4-2.

We’ve played mediocre so far, as we are still looking for that missing piece of unselfishness to make the team click. There have been too many mistakes made and we need to fix that soon if we want to get this season on track for the state championship we are all expecting. We’ve had far too many turnovers, too many bad shots, and too many missed free throws, slowing our success, but also exposing our weaknesses.

There are two tournaments and one more non-region game against Hoggard before we start the games that matter: region play. That gives us about four weeks to get ourselves together and fine-tune our downfalls. We know what we need to work on to improve and there is no doubt in my mind that Coach Brunson will know exactly what to do.

Our first tournament, the Panther Classic, is hosted by us, here at Carolina Forest High School. We have some top-class games schedule in both that tournament as well as the Greenville Classic, which we will be playing in after Christmas. Those games will be the true test for us before we start our region play, and it will show us if we are ready to step up and play against higher-level talent such as Irmo, which knocked us out of the playoffs last year.

We have not lived up to our expectations thus far, but we have plenty of time to get it fixed. We all have to keep our heads up and our eyes forward, while focusing on our goals and our team fundamentals of unselfishness, defending with heart, and making the play. If we stick to what we know and trust Coach Brunson’s system, we will have no problem getting back on track, playing for one another, and loving each other as the family that we truly are.

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