Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta has spent a lot of time watching tapes of Frisco Lone Star since the Wildcats found out late Tuesday night that they would be playing the Rangers in an Area game Friday at 7 p.m. at Princeton. The game will be heard on KSST radio and ksstradio.com stream with video replay on Suddenlink Cable Channel 18.
Coach Cipoletta said the Rangers are very athletic. He said they have had some injuries this season but he added they appear to be healthy now. Coach Cipoletta said the Rangers like to play at a fast pace and will occasionally press and trap. Coach Cipoletta has been impressed with Frisco Lone Star’s 6-foot-5 junior guard Isaiah Lewis. He added there is a nice supporting cast around Lewis. Lewis is averaging 12.4 points per game to lead the Rangers.
As for keys for the Wildcats, Coach Cipoletta said they need to limit dribble penetration by Lone Star, prevent second chance points and contest all shots. Coach Cipoletta said the Rangers shoot a lot of threes. He said they have some streaky shooters.
Coach Cipoletta was quite aware that the Area game was where the season ended last year for the Wildcats. The Wildcats lost in overtime to Carrollton Creekview, 67-64. He said he still has a salty taste in his mouth from that loss.
Coach Cipoletta said the Wildcats were new to the playoffs last year. He said he feels they are much more prepared for the big games this time around.
The Wildcats come into Friday’s game ranked #13 in the state with a 29-4 record. The Rangers are 20-12 for the season and they come into Friday’s game with an 8 game winning streak.