Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta said his team had two good quarters and two he described as terrible during a scrimmage at Frisco Lebanon Trail Wednesday evening (November 11). Coach Cipoletta noted he’s trying to find players to put on the court during a rash of injuries. Wednesday the Wildcats had to do without two expected starters: senior point guard Lamodrick Johnson and post Justin Haire. A third player with varsity experience, senior guard Boo Wilkerson, toughed it out and played on a gimpy ankle. Coach Cipoletta said Boo was not 100% but is tough and gritty and wanted to play. He said the team did a good job on executing what the team wants to do on offense. However Coach Cip said the Wildcats did not shoot the ball particularly well. He said they did handle pressure better than they have before. Coach Cipoletta loves defense and he said the team needed to be grittier on the defensive end adding they did not play the Wildcats’ style of defense. He praised the play of sophomore post Kordrick Turner. Coach Cip said he was outstanding and did a good job posting up hard, catching the ball and finishing. He said Caleb Alexander played the point and shot pretty well. Ready or not, the Wildcats open the regular season at home Saturday at 4 p.m. against Tyler Legacy. Coach Cipoletta said he is grateful for any opportunity to play. He said he was not grateful that the Wildcats will be short handed due to injuries and illness. He said he would play the players he has and he added they will have to step up. Coach Cipoletta has seen Tyler Legacy on tape and he said they are pretty good.
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