Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

First-Game Jitters Sink Junior Lineup Coach Sees outside Game as Key to Team's Success This Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

First-Game Jitters Sink Junior Lineup Coach Sees outside Game as Key to Team's Success This Season

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It was a classic case of first-game jitters.

"We did some things well, but we also made a number of mistakes," Francis Howell North boys basketball coach Bill Moyer said of his team's 13-point loss to Hazelwood West last week. "We're starting five juniors right now, so we know it's going to take a little time before it all comes together. But I think we can be a good basketball team.

"I think we'll be real competitive this year and even better next year."

The Knights (0-1) showed some excellent signs of progress late last year, winning 10 of their last 20 games. North finished 12-16 overall.

The Knights return their top two scorers and rebounders from last year in juniors Shawn Lynch and Steve Kuehler. Lynch, a 6-4 forward who can play inside and outside, averaged better than 19 points per game a year ago. Kuehler, a 6-5 center, scored 12 points and led the Knights in rebounding.

The two All-GAC honorable mention players played over the summer with the St. Louis Gators team that finished second nationally.

`Shawn and Steve got some great experience over the summer and we're expecting big things from both of them," Moyer said. "We looked to the two of them last year as sophomores and I think they'll be even better players this year. They're our go-to guys."

North's other starters are also juniors - 5-10 Tony Martinez, 5-10 Matt Piant and 5-8 Bob Heimos. Heimos saw quite a bit of varsity action last year.

"We want to play an up-tempo game," Moyer said. "We'll play a man-to-man defense and, hopefully, force some turnovers. And we'll run whenever we can.

"Because we don't have a lot of size, we need to make use of our quickness."

Moyer sees the outside game as a key for the Knights this season.

"We know that Steve and Shawn can do the job. But so does everybody we play," the coach said. "It's important that we establish our outside shooting to keep teams from sagging on our inside people. …

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