LINDEN — It’s been a difficult regular season for the North Montgomery Chargers. Despite just a two win regular season, with the post-season on the horizon every team begins what’s a new season with the same 0-0 record.
The Chargers drew the bye in the Class 3A Sectional 25 at Frankfort and need just a single victory to play in the sectional championship game. The Chargers will play Tri-West after the Bruins handed Crawfordsville a 52-46 loss in the opening game of the sectional.
“We got a really good draw and we’re excited about it,” North Montgomery coach Chad Arnold said. “In order to get back to that sectional championship, we’re going to have to play a tough team to do it. We just have to win one then anything can happen if you get to that championship game.”
The Chargers have been led all season by both Jakob and Jarrod Kirsch. Jakob leads the Chargers in scoring with 11.1 points per game while Jarrod is right behind his older brother at 10.6 a contest. Freshman Kelby Harwood has given the Chargers quality scoring averaging right around 7.5 points and is the teams leading rebounder at 3.2 boards per contest.
While North Montgomery may not have a lot of experience playing in the post-season, Arnold is focused on telling his team treat it like another basketball game and focus on the fundamentals.
“It comes down to playing hard,” he said. “We’re really going to have to value the basketball and take quality shots. Whether it be Crawfordsville or Tri-West, we can’t let them get out in transition and run and we’re also going to have to rebound well. It’s what we’ve been preaching to the guys all season.”
Over the course of the last month, the Chargers have made really big strides on the offensive side of the ball. Where they still tend to struggle is on the other end where North Montgomery is giving up 56 points per game. Arnold knows that in order to compete and win games in the post-season, they’ll have to improve on that side of the ball very quickly.
“We’ve been slowly improving on that side of the ball,” Arnold said of the defense. “There’s still some times where we have lapses though. Offensively we’re making really good strides also, but we know that we’re going to have to get some stops on the defensive side if we want to win a sectional game.”
The Chargers and Bruins wil get things going at 6 p.m. at Case Arena on Friday.