The Woodlands coach Dale Reed knew his non-district schedule was going to be tough. He arranged it that way for a reason.
The Highlanders have a 7-3 record early this season, and as Reed noted at the 44th annual Conroe Noon Lions Club Roundball Roundup on Wednesday, the three teams they lost to — Eisenhower, Lufkin and Shadow Creek — are still undefeated.
“We’ve had three quality losses, but we’ve got seven very good wins, too,” Reed said. “I’ve heard a lot, just through coaches and media-type stuff — I think the expectation was that The Woodlands was going to be down this year because we didn’t have a marquee guy. But if this is a down year for us, I’m really excited, and I’d love to have a lot of down years like this. I love my team, they get a long with each other, they work extremely hard, and they are very coachable. When you have that kind of aspect in your program, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing — you can go out there and have a chance.”
Reed, who was joined by his lauded assistant coach Kyle Jones, said his team is currently dealing with a few injuries, but that all nine of the players on the active roster are contribution to the cause. He is hoping to get one of those injured players back within the next couple of weeks. The other two are expected to return to the lineup sometime after the Christmas break.
“I love how our guys are playing,” Reed said. “If you come out and watch us, you’re going to see us defend really hard. Offensively, we like to push the ball up the court, but we’re also very patient when we need to be. That’s part of the being coachable part of it — our kids figure out what is working for us that night, and that’s what we go and do. That’s been a real exciting thing for our guys.”