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West Side Christian taking aim from long range

by Tony Burns | November 23, 2021 at 6:38 p.m.

 West Side Christian’s Warriors have become accustomed to success on the hardwoods. This season, they’re off to a 5-3 start and they’re doing it with the 3-point shot.

The Warriors’ wins include a 73-44 victory over Hermitage. They hit 12 3-pointers in that contest.

“I think our ceiling is pretty high,” said Coach Randall Miller. “We just have to make sure we’re focused on things that win. There’ll be nights we don’t shoot well and we’ll have to do a great job of rebounding. I think individual blocking out and rebounding is an area we can improve on the most and will help us improve the most as a team.”

West Side’s roster includes 11 players in grades 9-12. That includes seniors Spencer McNabb, Sam Wylie, Anderson Colley and Landon Moore. The rest of the roster consists of junior Branson Johnson, sophomores Elijah Narciso, Sam Hay and Braeden Pitard and freshmen Cayson Martin, Nathan Pearson and Gabriel Moncrief.

McNabb, Wylie and Colley are returning starters. Narciso has held down the point guard position and Martin has emerged early as another starter.

Miller talked about the mixture of youth and experience.

“We’ve got three guys that have played in a lot of big games. And then we’ve got a couple guys playing a lot of minutes that have not played a ton,” he said. “They’re good players. Early on, I think it’ll take us a bit to find that rhythm we had the last couple of years. And, we have to figure out how we’re going to do it defensively.”

McNabb, at 6-foot-5, offers size but can also step out and shoot the 3-pointer. Colley scored 30 against the Hermits.

“We’re not big. But we will be fun to watch, though, because we are pushing it in transition pretty hard. We’ll get some kick-out threes on the backside. Anderson can get to the rim pretty good,” Miller said.

“Three of these guys have been playing big minutes since they were freshmen. They’re experienced and they’re the leaders. As they go, that’s kind of how we’re going to go. And we’ve got some younger ones that have jumped in and are playing pretty loose. They’re not too wound up. They’re playing well so far.”

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