Senior Kelly embraces leadership role LHS
Eric Wiley said he has never had a season quite like this in his 12 years at Lawton High, seven as head boys basketball coach.
Although he knew he would have plenty of turnover from last year and knew he would likely have to start several underclassmen, Wiley could not have predicted this.
With only eight players at practice on Monday, Wiley started things off by having them do the most basic of workouts.
They ran. They ran as a warm-up. They ran as a conditioning drill.
If they missed a free throw, they ran some more. If they gave sub par effort, they kept running.
And while it may seem like a punishment to some, it was mostly preparation for what is to come.
With just eight players available this week, Lawton High faces No. 5 Midwest City, at the Bombers' home gym, in the first round of the Class 6A regional playoffs at 8 p.m. Friday.
The Wolverines (8-12) have faced the Bombers (17-6) twice this season, losing both times. But Wiley and his team have seen what Midwest City does well and what it could take to beat them. First things first, the Wolverines must be well-conditioned.