As a first-year program, Lake Creek coach Shannon Spencer wasn’t required to speak at the annual Noon Lions Club Roundball Roundup last year. Spencer was busy with other challenges of leading a new school’s boys basketball program.

And that new school impressed with a playoff appearance in its first season at the varsity level.

Spencer spoke Wednesday at the 44th Annual edition of the event at the Lone Star Convention Center as the Lions have already started their journey into the second season.

“I couldn’t be any prouder than I am today,” Spencer told the audience. “Last year, we finished third in the district. We had no seniors. I thought we did a phenomenal with what we had to work with. We laid solid groundwork for the future at Lake Creek.”

Spencer had challenges over a year ago of getting the right equipment in place, the right uniforms ordered, plus there were some setbacks with a leaky roof in the gym last September.

But the team forged on to make school history.

Back are key players Pierce Spencer, Hudson Boyd and Noah Cantu and nine total players return as the team went without seniors in the building last year.

“I couldn’t ask for better kids,” Coach Spencer said. “They were work extremely hard and do everything we ask of them.”

Spencer has the team battle-tested early with tough competition, including the McDonald’s Invitational (played last month), the Carlisle-Krueger Invitational later this week and the Fort Worth ISD Classic right after Christmas.

“My philosophy is I want to find the absolute toughest competition that I can find,” Coach Spencer said. “I want to get into the toughest tournaments I can find. If we could play the Houston Rockets next week, I would sign up to play. I feel like that’s how you get better and prepared for a tough district one.”

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