Rams ready to cash in

Monday, November 19, 2007

This is the year coach Lance Amick has been waiting for.

Amick leads a senior-heavy team that lost to Charleston in the district title game last season.

"We're building still from two years ago," he said. "We had a lot of kids start as sophomores who are seniors now. They took a step forward when they were sophomores. And last year we grew up a little bit more and started learning we could compete with some folks.

"Hopefully the natural process just keeps on going and they keep getting a little bit better. Senior year, a lot of them have been with us, I've had [them] for four years. It's a pretty special group."

The Rams return Alex King and Jay Simmons, who both earned all-conference honors last season. Plus Ryan Modglin returns after missing last season with an injury.

"We should have pretty good height," Amick said. "To go with that, we have pretty good strength. As a unit, we should be pretty decent."

Amick said his team will be prepared to push the ball, but also sit back and run the half-court offense when necessary.

"We have to be able to run some teams out of the gym," he said. "Some teams are going to make them slow down a bit. We have to be able to play both. Predominantly we're a half-court team. Whatever we have to do. We can play a little of both."

Amick said this season's squad has the potential to be special.

"As far as goals, we go out each individual game and try to win each individual game," he said. "You want your district championships. It would be nice to win those kind of things, but we just kind of go a game at a time.

"I think these guys, when they step on the floor, they expect to win."

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