The Paper file photo by Lori PoteetDeryk Benge (above) and Owen Randolph (below) hope the "w" goes their direction.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet

Deryk Benge (above) and Owen Randolph (below) hope the "w" goes their direction.
LINDEN-The North Montgomery and Southmont boys' basketball team are still looking to pick up their first wins of the season. One is guaranteed a victory on Friday night when the schools meet on the court in a county battle.

"It's always been a big game when our two schools get together, and I expect the same on Friday," said North Montgomery head coach Joel Grindle.

After 0-2 starts, the team's look to get better as the players gain more experience.

"This Friday is another chance to measure how we have improved," said Southmont head coach Jon Sparks. "The team has done a great job being focused in practice the last four days and we have continued to work on being competitive and tough with the ball."

"This is a really good stage for our guys to step up and play well," said Grindle. "It is a big rivalry game, and our guys are going to have to come out and execute. We are going to need our guys to come out and play with confidence and play with composure."

Cam Remley has led the Mounties in scoring through the first two games, averaging 14.5 points per game. Heath Whalen is second with 10.0 points per game. Jarrett Todd leads the team in rebound with 7.5 per game and also averages seven points.

"Our keys have to deal with us limiting North's extra possessions," said Sparks. "We're working hard on limiting our turnovers and finishing defensive possessions with rebounds."

Grant Gayler has led the Charger offense with 18 points per game. He has scored 36 of the team's 59 points through the first two games.

"We are going to have to be solid on defense and make them execute and hit tough shots if we want to have success," said Grindle

The game will be after the junior varsity game and is scheduled for around 7:30 p.m.