The Paper file photo by Lori PoteetZach Dinius and the Mounties have hopes of taming the Mustangs.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet

Zach Dinius and the Mounties have hopes of taming the Mustangs.
The Southmont Mounties will close the regular season with a trip to Fountain Central to take on the Mustangs. This game is a renewal of the old rivalry between the old WRC foes, but there are different priorities on the line for the teams this year. Fountain Central is looking to head into the sectional hot as they look to defend their title from last season. The Mounties are trying to keep momentum as they head to a matchup with Western Boone in the first round of the sectional. It will be the third time this season that Southmont and Western Boone have squared off.

Southmont head coach Jon Sparks explained that his team has been focused on preparing for Western Boone, but there is pride and confidence at stake for the Mounties.

"Beating a really good team like Fountain Central would be important for momentum going into the section and we would be proud of a 15 win regular season," explained Sparks "We keep talking about taking the next step and continuing our progress towards being the best team we can be."

Despite preparing for the tournament, Sparks knows that the Mustangs present a tough task that will need to be overcome to get a win.

"Fountain Central is a very good team that has no problem scoring points," commented Sparks. "They are very balanced with four players averaging double figures. Their offense is focused on getting the ball to Ethan Woodrow, who is their very good big guy."

"Our game plan starts on the defensive end," continued Sparks. "We must make them uncomfortable with pressure. We need to finish possessions with rebounds. We've been rebounding better, but a relapse here would really hurt us. Offensively, we have to make them guard us. If we get great shots, it will put pressure on them."

Southmont is looking to use this game as a tune up for Western Boone, but the teams aren't identical.

"Our focus this week has been game planning for the sectional," added Sparks. "Western Boone does not have a great big like Woodrow, but we have been working on guarding bigs this week for other potential games in the tournament. That will also help us defending Fountain Central."

The night will start with a 6 p.m. junior varsity tip off at Fountain Central.