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Simmons Says - Taking stock of HS ball
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With Christmas right around the corner, our local high school teams have now had a month to get on the hardwood. It’s been a mixed bag locally, with many of the Pioneers, Broncos and Lions still trying to figure out their best five.

Let’s look at a stock report of the groups as they prep for Christmas tournaments and look forward to conference matchups in 2020.

WCHS Pioneers – 

Stock soaring

When Warren County lost its opener, there were immediate questions surrounding if the preseason buzz was justified. Since then, the Pioneers have ripped off seven wins in their last eight games, including shooting the lights out during their current three-game winning streak.

The Pioneers have hit 33 triples in their last three games, showing off the ability to pile up points no matter who is on the court. Thursday’s win at Livingston Academy may have been the most impressive of the season.

Playing without leading scorer CJ Taylor, Warren County went on the road and dropped 71 points. It was their third-highest output this season.

With Taylor on a load management plan – as I was told, they're managing him so he can be a load for other teams in the district – the Pioneers are still cruising. 

Lady Pioneers – 

buy low candidate

People were telling me before the season that a couple of my comments in columns were too pessimistic about the Lady Pioneers. I told them I was just trying to be realistic – this team was going to have its struggles.

It’s going to take a couple years for the Lady Pioneers to build talent and chemistry. Peeking at the future, the freshman and JV girls are a combined 10-1.

Boyd boys – wavering

Coming back to win Thursday’s rivalry matchup at Covenant was big for the Broncos. Avoiding a four-game losing streak was vital as the team tries to find its competitive footing in the MTAC.

Boyd has the bodies and shooting, but it needs consistency. When the Broncos are clicking, they’re a force. 

Boyd girls – 

Needing growth

Where the Lady Broncos need the most growth is in numbers. The Boyd girls finished one game last week with just three players after five fouled out. Trying to win with just eight players is tough once you’ve played for 2-3 months.

Hopefully Boyd can keep their team fresh for the stretch run.

Covenant boys – 

bullish

The Lions have continuity among their top players. They just don’t have much size. When the shots from outside are dropping, Covenant will win. I have a hunch they’ll do well in conference games.

Covenant girls  - 

rebuilding

A stock can only soar so high before there’s a market correction. For the Covenant girls, it was last year’s graduation. It’s going to a take some time for the Lady Lions to rebuild back to their 2018-19 level, when they were state runners-up.