This is the latest in a series of blog posts written by Chip Sodemann, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Wentzville Liberty High School. The team is playing at the varsity level for the first time in 2014-15. Click here to see previous Building Liberty blog posts
The opening week of the season has come and gone in a hurry and what a learning experience it was for us! We opened the season on Monday against a very scrappy Lutheran South team at their place. After a very classy move by Coach Lind, who presented us with the game ball for the first ever varsity game we competed in, the fast-paced Lancers got off to a quick start and never looked back. They forced us into many turnovers, which translated to easy baskets for them.
As we talk at the beginning of each practice, it was interesting to hear the perspective of some of our players. The general consensus was that varsity basketball was much faster and a lot harder than any of them could have anticipated. One of our starters even made the comment, “Coach, now I understand why you always want us to do the little things and why you always want us to go at game speed!” All I could do was smile.
We had 2 days to prepare for a very talented Cape Central team in which several of their players were just coming off a loss in the state football finals. We came out with a better focus and were actually tied at the end of the first quarter. They used a big run midway through the second quarter to pull away. I was much happier with our intensity and our ability to compete.
The last game we played was against a very talented and very athletic Jennings team. They jumped on us early and never looked back. The message that we continue to send to our players each day is that we are climbing a mountain. We want to be playing our best basketball or be at the top of the mountain at the end of the season. Until then, we will continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep climbing that mountain. Oskie.