Tests don't get much tougher than what Lee-Scott will face tonight against rival Glenwood.
The Gators come into the game with a 15-2 record, and are led by one of the area's best players, Trip Day.
He'll present a difficult matchup for the Warriors.
"In the past, he was pretty much on the block and he could post up," said Lee-Scott coach William Johnson. "His game’s evolved. He can stretch the floor. He’s probably their best three-point shooter, and at 6-7, even if you close out, we’re not at his release point, so he’s going to get his points. And that’s what I tell our guys — he’s going to score. Nobody’s stopped him from scoring yet and nobody’s going to stop him from scoring. We’ve just got to do a good job of limiting him to one shot and block everybody else out and try to take everybody else’s points down a notch."
The Warriors (15-4) have had a chance to rest over the past week after games against Heritage Academy and Tuscaloosa Academy were canceled last weekend due to inclement weather. Those games won't be rescheduled.
"We’re just now starting to get some practice days again," Johnson said. "I think we’re starting to get a little better, starting to understand some things."
Johnson said Hunter Harper has stepped up his game this season for the Warriors as he's seen his role on the team change and expand.
"We’ve been able to use him both inside and out. He was a point guard last year, and now we’re posting him up some. He’s a very physical ball player. He’s done a great job," he said. "We thought it would be best for him to move away from the point guard some this year to be able to play an off-guard position where we could post him up and do some different things, and we’ve been able to do that. He’s done a great job around the basket.
Johnson added that Davis Thompson's also done a good job, shooting the ball "extremely well" and being effective on the ball screen.
Auburn High to play tough Smiths Station team on Friday
Auburn High will try to move its area record to 2-1 on Friday when the Tigers host Smiths Station.
"It’s a huge challenge for us," said AHS assistant coach Chris Brandt. "Our goal is to hold home court. For us to have any chance to win area, we have to try to win this game on Friday. They’re a very athletic bunch. They basically have the whole team back from last year. They’re very strong and fast."
Over the past two weeks, the Tigers have benefited from the strong play of Antoine Pitts. Brandt said he put a compilation of Pitts' play in that period on Twitter recently and it netted him 15 collegiate offers.
"It’s a huge, huge blessing. Hopefully, it gives him confidence to continue to play well because we’re going to need him down the road," Brandt said.
The Tigers-Panthers game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.