Wednesday night marked a good opportunity for some of our area basketball teams to fine-tune their skills before the start of the regular season.
Sports reporter Mike Pezone headed over to Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton to check out a pair of preseason scrimmages, beginning with the Lebanon and Kearsarge girls.
The Cougars head into the new season with high hopes of improving on last year’s 8-12 overall record included an impressive win on the team’s home court in the opening round of the Division III tournament. But it was the Division II Raiders who turned the most heads Wednesday night, looking like a team destined to improve on last year’s disappointing upset in the first round of the tournament.
Lebanon utilized both strong exterior shooting and precision interior passing to pull away from their undersized opponent.
And finally the second scrimmage of the night pinned the Division III Kearsarge boys up against a Division IV Sunapee teams that hopes to take some schools by surprise this season. The Lakers struggled against the height of Kearsarge’s front court, but still showed signs of being a team capable of improving on a first-round loss in last year’s tournament.
The Cougars, on the other hand, played like a team with no ceiling as to their potential, showing off both an overpowering interior game, as well as strong shooting from the team’s veterans.
Kearsarge advanced to the second round of the tournament last season, but look primped to extend that run even further this year.
Good luck to all of those teams as the regular season approaches.