All six Montgomery County basketball teams have shared struggles in the past week.
Southmont boys’ basketball is still searching for answers as to how to replace their firepower from last season. The Mounties have started the season 0-4, dropping contests to South Vermillion, North Putnam, Delphi, and Cascade.
Senior leader Justin Howard will return from an early season suspension, just in time to play North Montgomery tomorrow night at Southmont. That game can be heard on Thunder 103.9.
The Chargers have battled their own issues, struggling to score the basketball in an opening season loss at Speedway, 59-36.
North Montgomery will have to find a couple of scoring threats from that talented junior class, if Charger fans want to have anything to cheer about in coach Andrew Evertts first season at the helm.
The Chargers’ home opener is Saturday against Fountain Central (3-1). That game can also be heard on Thunder 103.9.
Crawfordsville is the lone boys team with a victory in the early part of the season. After dropping the season opener at home to Greencastle 67-55, the Athenians rebounded by picking up a road win over Benton Central 61-45.
The Athenians look like the team to beat in the area with their athleticism, size, and multi-faceted offense. They will get their first big test of the season tomorrow night as they host Sagamore Conference foe Lebanon (1-1).
All three county girls’ teams have been on a bit of a backslide since the Sugar Creek Classic.
Crawfordsville (2-6) has suffered two straight blowout losses to Greencastle and Danville, and will host Lebanon (3-4) tomorrow night.
Southmont (2-6) has shown signs of improvement, especially out of the guard play from Natalie Manion, who knocked down three 3-pointers in a 45-44 loss to Parke Heritage on Tuesday. The Mounties are off until next Friday when they travel to Danville.
North Montgomery (1-7) has really hit a skid that they can’t get out of. A pair of losses in the Sugar Creek Classic, followed by a close loss to Fountain Central and a blowout loss to Benton Central have the Chargers hoping for a win tonight as they host Covington (2-4).
Elsewhere in Montgomery County sports, North Montgomery is off to a 6-0 start in wrestling. After sweeping the Parke Heritage duals, the Chargers defeated Lafayette Harrison 36-36 (8th tiebreaker) on Wednesday night.
They will be back in action on Saturday at Western Boone.
Southmont opened their wrestling season with a 78-6 win over Covington on Tuesday, while Crawfordsville’s boys and girls swim and dive swept Western Boone, and Southmont swept a dual with North Putnam.