LESSONS TO LEARN: Jackets looking for answers and consistency

in Boys Basketball

MERIDIAN – With District 10-2A competition still two weeks away, the Meridian Yellowjacket boys basketball team continues to look for answers and consistency while battling through the non-district schedule.

Going up again former Meridian boys basketball head coach Joey O’Hearn for the second time in a week, the Jackets learned some tough lessons in suffering an 87-46 loss last Friday at Yellowjacket Gymnasium.

“The boys learned a hard lesson on how playing time is earned and not just given,” Meridian boys basketball head coach Carlos Johansson said. “You can’t just choose when to play team ball, you have to play team ball from start to finish. We learn from this and move forward.”

Itasca (12-9) jumped out to a commanding 18-8 first quarter lead, then put the Jackets (7-13) away by outscoring Meridian, 37-7, in the second period. With an overwhelming 55-15 advantage at halftime, the Wampus Cats coasted to the win, handing Meridian its 11th loss in the last 14 games.

Senior Demarius Parks led the Jackets with 17 points, followed by senior Zade Kendall with 14 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

After visiting Frost today to play the Polar Bears (4-8) at 7 p.m., Meridian will take on Itasca for the third time this season when the Jackets host the Wampus Cats at 5 p.m. Friday.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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