By Bob Simmons
Riding on perhaps their best run of the season, the basketball season came crashing down for Troy Buchanan high boys as they lost 52-42 to Battled. Andrew Nett scored 17 points and had seven rebounds to lead Troy.
“ I was disappointed with the ending to our season but not with the senior leadership,” said Coach Dan Moore. “I was extremely proud of winning ten of our last 13 games. This was a really coachable group who were willing to sacrifice for the team.”
Moore offered his comments on his departing seniors.
“Drew Deters is a four-year starter who finished his career as the all-time assist leader and great floor leader.”
“Todd Myers is a three-year starter and defensive stopper. His intensity will be greatly missed on both ends of the floor.”
“Andrew Nett is a two-year starter who made huge strides on the defensive end of the floor this year. Also he was able to play inside and add a lot of rebounding.”
“Joe Colbert was able to provide us with added depth. He provided constant energy at practice and on the defensive end of the court.”
“Ben Torres was a great example of a team player, while not getting a lot of playing time, showed great character by making his teammates better at practice everyday and being extremely coachable.”
“McKennan Starkey was battling a knee injury the entire season but was still a dependable teammate who was willing to help anyway he could.”
“Jake Colbert was not able to play because of his knee but served as an assistant the entire year.”
Moore added, “This group of seniors are a great example of student-athletes. As a group they have an average GPA of 3.666 on a four-point scale. As a coaching staff we discuss the importance of being a good person first, then a good student, and third a good basketball player, this group takes that to heart. They have a bright future ahead of them and will be greatly missed.”
The team finished with a 17-10 record.
The girls lost in the district final to Jefferson City. The score was 39-23. Adene Edwards was Troy’s leading scorer with five points and in rounds with seven.
“I thought that defensively our kids played pretty well,” said Coach Damond Lacy. “We did a good job of battling in the post and stopping their transition baskets. However, we struggled shooting the ball and our 2-17 from the three-point line hurt us. I was proud of the effort and fight we had against Jefferson City and this entire season. I hope our returners learned how important shooting is and use this game as motivation to spend a little more time in the gym getting shots up this off season.”
Lacy graduates three seniors and offered some comments on them
Kirsten Watts- “She led the team in made three- pointers.”
Taylor Roettger- “Was a positive role player on our team and contributed greatly in practice as well as in the games she played in.”
Adene Edwards- “Finished as the leading scorer, shot blocker and rebounder. She also leaves the program with the best all-time field goal percentage for a career at 62.4 percent.“
The girls also finished with a 17-10 record.