PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg high school basketball teams officially tipped off the season with the annual purple-white scrimmage on Tuesday.
Although the final scores didn’t mean anything in the end, the competition and energy was high.
“I thought the intensity and effort was there,” PHS girls basketball head coach Kris Crotts said. “I thought the execution was pretty good, but it could have been a little better. That’s to be expected this early in the season and we’ll get a little better at it as the season goes along. But, the effort and intensity was there and that was good to see.”
Many shots were falling for throughout the girls’ game, as the purple team won 41-23.
“I think we’re ready to go,” Crotts said. “I think we’ve had enough practices and it’s time to go play. I’m excited to go see what we have, because until you get into a game against another school, it can be hard to know what you need to work on. We’re ready to get that feedback to get an understanding of what we need to do to get better.”
The boys’ team followed it up with a fast-paced game, ending in a 26-15 win for the purple team.
“I thought our guys had a pretty good approach,” PHS boys’ basketball head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “We were just hoping to do a dress rehearsal to try and get some of the kinks out and get rid of some of those first-game jitters. We just wanted to give the kids a feel of how the first game will go and I thought we did that tonight.”
While the scrimmage was able to give a few hints of how the team will perform, Roelfs said he won’t know exactly how well his team will stack up against the competition until after the first game of the season.
“When you’ve been playing against the same guys for over two weeks, it’s hard to really get a feel for where the team is at,” he said. “There were some bright spots, but I saw some other things we just have to get better at. The good news is that we have a couple days before our first game. We’ll be able to see then where we’re at as a team.”
The Purple Dragons will be in Louisburg for the season opener set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.