Different facets to Central Montcalm boys hoop season

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:06 am on Monday, March 25, 2013

Central Montcalm’s Mason Barnwell brings the ball up the court during the Class B district tournament this season.

STANTON — Sure, Central Montcalm’s boys basketball team could have had a better season.

The Green Hornets were 4-17 on the season, but not all was lost, according to coach John Kearney.

“If you look at win-loss, not happy,” Kearney said. “But that’s just one piece. The 12 kids that were a part of the team, they gave me everything they had. The older kids accepted the younger kids. Our goal was to give ourselves a chance to win and they did that. But we have something to build on with the seven kids coming back.”

The reason for so few wins was “just consistency, focus with the ball,” Kearney said.

“We get going and all of a sudden we didn’t take care of the ball and had turnovers,” he continued. “If we can take care of the ball and play 32 minutes we’ll have success.”

Kearney gave credit to a few players past just the seniors on the team.

“Trevin Nemeth did a great job for us,” he said. “When you’re 6-1 as a center you are outsized by most teams. He battled and gave us a chance to win during the season.

“Lane Ledford did a good job. I wasn’t sure where he would be at the beginning of the year. He started as a sophomore. He started getting rebounds and after a while he was gaining confidence in shooting. He shot 81 percent from the field.

“Probably the biggest one was Todd Switzer. I talked to the sophomores and told them I wasn’t sure how much playing time I could give them. He played on defense and was helpful in the full court press.”

Kearney said there wasn’t one “star or go-to guy” on the Hornets.

“It was just great teamwork and hopefully we get better and improve as we go along,” he said.

Kearney hopes to see a different team of sorts next season.

“The biggest thing is to add weight. All our young kids were pushed around so we have to get stronger,” he said. “If we want Central Montcalm to get back to where it used to be we have to work at it. If we can get our skills down, get on the weights and make a commitment we’ll be on the right track.”

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