Photo by Lori PoteetSenior Mitch Dehne will look to lead a banged up Southmont team against Tri-West.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Senior Mitch Dehne will look to lead a banged up Southmont team against Tri-West.
NEW MARKET - The Southmont Mounties are banged up and on an eight-game skid. Things won't get any easier Friday when the Tri-West Bruins (13-1, 2-1 SAC) come to town.

The Mounties are without starters Jacob Budd and Heath Whalen, both of whom are out with injuries. Freshman sensation Cam Chadd has been ill and will likely be limited against the Class 3A No. 7 Bruins.

"Cam Chadd has been really weak and lost around 10 pounds so although he will play this week, he's been limited in practice and I don't expect him to play to usual level or minutes," Southmont head coach Jon Sparks said.

"Tri-West is a really good team. They have great players and great athletes that can score in bunches. Although (Trevor) Waite is one of the best, if not the best, players in the conference, they have plenty of other guys that can score in a variety of ways. So even if we could find a way to slow down Waite or even stop him they have so many other options that it will be tough to keep the score down."

The Bruins are averaging nearly 76 points a game this season and their only loss is to Class 3A No. 6 Danville. Sparks said that, for Southmont, it will be important to benefit from their shots.

"It will be very important for us to take good shots each possession because a scoring drought of three minutes against Tri-West is a 10 to 20 point deficit," he said.

The Mounties have seen a plethora of quality players this season, but Sparks said that none of them have necessarily prepared them for what Waite offers.

"Waite is unlike any player we've played thus far, but is similar to Cloverdale's Neese. Neese is just not as developed or strong as Waite is because he is younger," he said.

As they prepare to compete in the Class 2A sectional, Southmont (4-10, 0-4 SAC) should benefit from playing such a high-level opponent.

"Playing an up-tempo team, especially one that also likes to extend their pressure like Tri West, is a great test for us," Sparks said. "This is one of the best 3 teams we will see all year and it will be great preparation for us for the sectional. We'll continue to work on our defensive rotations and taking care of the ball. We've seen growth during the last several weeks especially in the area of taking care of the ball."

The night at Southmont will begin with the varsity girls' game at 6 p.m. The boys will follow.