Basketball Teams Shoot for Playoffs

Jake Plotkin

Plano West basketball has arrived. The season has already begun and the two teams are practicing constantly to return to the playoffs and plan to win it all. Both teams have good records with the boys having one of 26-8, making them second in district and the girls one of 34-3 with the title of first in district. The teams made it to the playoffs and eventually lost, the girls in the regional quarterfinals and the boys in the area round.  The boys’ team lost a good chunk of their team to the graduating class of 2012, but they still have some returning players, including seniors Tim Okposin, A.J. Lozano, Kimani Jackson and junior Austin Enloe.

“I think the team will do very well this year with a record of 25-10 and make the playoffs,” junior Dwayne Cook said.

They will get new players from last year’s JV or new freshmen and sophomores who will raise their talent level.

“It’s a team concept because our team is young and in the next couple of years it will be good,” Coach Anthony Morgan said.

Coach Anthony Morgan has worked to prepare his team for the tough challenges they face. They have already started their season with tournament play and they begin district against McKinney Boyd. The girls have a good part of their varsity team returning this season, including District MVP Devri Owens and All-District Randi Reinhardt. Coach Don Patterson has also been working to get his girls’ team ready. Both teams are well-known throughout the school and district as being one of the best year after year. The students who attend the games every week always have something to look forward to, whether it is seeing someone score 25 points or eating fresh popcorn.

“My favorite part about attending a Plano West basketball game is the excitement of the crowd among the student section and all the cheering,” Cook said.

Most basketball teams have pregame rituals that get them pumped.

“Our pregame rituals include our pregame meal, where we discuss what we are going to do on the court and during warmups we display our sills,” Morgan said.

West has its own rituals that make it unique and popular.

“Our pregame rituals include a tunnel run and we do a clapping motion before the game,” junior David Jordan said.

Both the Wolves and Lady Wolves are looking forward to a successful season.

“Coach will rely on the whole team, but D.J. Hogg will be a go to guy,” Jordan said.