The Lee-Scott boys basketball team will look to carry forward the momentum from big wins over Hooper and Southland Academy into the Fort Dale Christmas Tournament this weekend.
The Warriors (9-2) beat Southland 54-36.
LSA head coach William Johnson identified last week two areas where the Warriors needed to improve — defending the three-point shot against Hooper and beating the press against Southland. He said he thought the team did a good job in both aspects.
"We played really well against Hooper and Southland. We did not turn the ball over against the press at all against Southland," he said. "Our golden number against Hooper was eight threes, and they hit seven, so we did a much better job of defending the three-point line in the last two games, really all week last week. We worked hard on that.
"We did a lot of good things last week in a tough stretch of games, both physically and mentally."
Johnson said he challenged the team to pick up their intensity regardless of the opponent, and that they responded.
The team will need that intensity in the coming days, as they face a tough stretch of four games in five days.
The Warriors will face off against Sparta on Friday in the Fort Dale tournament before facing likely opponent Macon-East on Saturday.
The Knights (11-0) pose a particularly tough challenge for the Warriors. Macon-East closest contest came in the season-opener against East Memorial, which they won by 11. The Knights have won every other game by at least 30 points.
"They’re the best team I’ve seen this year," said Johnson. "They’ve got quite a few transfers from other schools. They had a good team coming back, and they picked up four or five kids. They’re going to be a really, really tough challenge. I’m excited. I want to see where we are. I want our kids to compete.
"It’ll be a gut check. They’ll play phenomenal defense. Defensively, they are as good as we will play. They will get after you. They will do everything they can to deny you getting the basketball. We’ve got to cut and move and screen and do everything fundamentally right for four quarters."
After the Fort Dale tournament, the Warriors host Westfield (Perry, Georgia) on Monday before traveling to Lakeside for a game Tuesday night.
"Westfield is really good.," he said. "And Lakeside is always a tough play to play."