The Lee-Scott boys basketball team will play a grueling stretch of games this week, with three contests in as many days.
The Warriors will jump into area play when they host Springwood on Thursday.
Lee-Scott head coach Williams Johnson said he expects to see an athletic Wildcat team that will show a 2-2-1 press, but that it won't be anything the Warriors haven't seen against competition they've already faced.
"We’ve played so much, and our competition’s been all over the place, so now it’s about execution," he said. "We played tons of games before Christmas; we’ve played lots of really good competition to prepare us for what’s coming up.
"Springwood will be athletic. They’ll challenge us with their athleticism, so we’ll have to play well and take care of the ball in that game — shoot it well, too, and play some zone."
The Warriors will then load up on the bus for a trip to Columbus, Mississippi on Friday to face Heritage Academy, who defeated Tuscaloosa Academy to open the season.
"It’s not an easy place to play," Johnson said. "I’ve played there before. They’ll play us man and we’ll be in for a pretty tough game there."
Lee-Scott will then play in a rematch on the road against Tuscaloosa Academy, which edged the Warriors 47-46 in November.
Johnson said the atmosphere at Tuscaloosa Academy, where he coached last year, is very "Glenwood-esque."
"They’ll play really well in that gym. They’re extremely athletic; they’re very good," he said. "I think they’re one of the teams to beat to win a state championship. We’ll see multiple defenses there.
"But I think we’re prepared — what we’ve done before Christmas and through Christmas, and then we had a stretch before Christmas where we played four games in five days. Three of those four games were very tough basketball games. That’s preparing us for what’s coming up."
The Warriors will then return home for a game against Edgewood on Tuesday before gearing up for area rival Glenwood next Thursday.
Johnson said he thinks it's taken some time for the team to adjust to his new system of play, but that he feels everyone got on the same page the week before Christmas and understands the expectations going forward.
"We’re just now getting to the point where we’ve kind of figured out, as coaches, what we have and where we want to go with what we’re doing. And the same with the players. But I thought really the week before Christmas is when everybody was on the same page …. on what we expected, how we operate and kind of where we’re going to go and what we’re going to do," he said. " I think the adjustment period is over. I think we’re all one right now and know where we want to go and where we want to be and how we’re going to get there."