The Panama High School basketball teams will get their seasons started tonight at Wilburton, with the girls playing at 6:30 p.m. and the boys at approximately 8 p.m.
The Lady Razorbacks were 12-12 last season, and return four starters from that team.
â€śWe have several quality players returning from last year, as well as some returning from injury,â€ť said Dennis Wright, Panama's coach. â€śWe also add a good group of freshmen to the team. If everyone accepts their roles, maintain our positive attitudes and continue our strong work ethic â€” and avoid major injuries â€” we have the opportunity to become a very good basketball team. We have a great team chemistry.â€ť
This season, not only will Wright coach the Lady Razorbacks, he will also coach the Hogs â€” replacing veteran coach Greg Nichols, who retired to take the assistant basketball coaching job at Greenwood (Ark.) High School.
The Razorbacks were 9-13 last season, but only return one starter from that team.
â€śWe're not really sure what to expect this year as we must replace several players from last year,â€ť Wright said. â€śWe should improve as the year progresses, and the boys adjust to a new coach and style of play â€” as well as continuing to improve as basketball players.â€ť