“They’re experienced and really good shooters,” Dickey said of the Tigers. “They have good enough team speed to give you trouble staying in front of the ball. Their inside players are crafty — they dribble and make shots around the goal. It’s just a pretty good opponent. Hopefully our schedule helped us prepare for that. But it’s going to be a challenging experience.”
Sophomore guard Mason Degenkolb leads the Blue Devils. He is scoring an area-best 23.3 points per game.
Eastern coach Mike Springer is upbeat as he prepares his squad for its game against Sheridan on Wednesday. Springer is in his first season as the Comets’ skipper and he has a young squad that endured the expected growing pains.
“One thing we’ve done is we’ve gotten better every time we’ve stepped on the floor,” Springer said. “Even though we’ve won only three games, we’ve battled day in and day out. I think our kids are confident we can go into this sectional and make some things happen.”
Eastern and Sheridan come into the sectional with identical records.
“Sheridan is a big, strong, physical team. We think we can battle with them and come out with a victory,” Springer said. “We have to be good with the basketball and avoid careless turnovers. If we can take care of the basketball, rebound and have a good shooting night, I think we have a chance to be victorious. When we’ve shot the ball well, we’ve been competitive.”
The Tribune will preview Taylor’s game later in the week.
AROUND THE AREA
• The Class 4A Kokomo Sectional opens tonight. Logansport (12-7) faces Marion (17-4) at 6 p.m. followed by Lafayette Jeff (5-16) vs. Harrison (6-15). The Logan-Marion winner advances to face Kokomo in a semifinal game at 6 p.m. Friday.