LEBANON - When the Southmont boys' basketball team travels to Lebanon Friday night, they will be looking to stop a six-game losing streak and get moving in the right direction as the season gets into crunch time.

The Mounties have been slammed by as of late by injury and illness. That will increase the challenge of stopping Lebanon's star 6'6" sophomore, Trevor Lakes.

"Lakes is a really good player," Southmont head coach Jon Sparks said. "He's going to make first-team all-conference. The offense revolves around him and what he gets for himself and others."

Despite the size resemblance, Sparks said that Lakes has different qualities than North Montgomery's Grant Gayler. The Mounties have had relative success in slowing Gayler in two games with North Montgomery this year.

"He's sort of a different player than Gayler is," Sparks said. "Lakes likes to create more of a threat on the post. We're going to have to mix some things up and try different things here and there."

Despite the six-game skid, the Mounties have played well at times, including Friday against Covington.

"We had a good week of practice," Sparks said. "We felt like we played well Friday against Covington but then had probably our worst game of the year on Saturday (against Crawfordsville). We're trying to purge that from our minds and focus on what we're good at."

As the season starts aiming squarely at the sectional, and with the Sagamore Athletic Conference out of reach, the Mounties are focused on getting better every time out.

"We always try to take something out of each matchup," Sparks said. "We have two away games this weekend. It's going to be a big point of growth to have the mental fortitude to handle the stress of playing on the road."

Southmont (4-10, 0-4 SAC) and Lebanon (4-10, 3-3) will tip at approximately 7:30 p.m. They will be the second of a boy / girl double header with the girls starting at 6 p.m.