Last season finish: 5-16, 2-5 GSSC. Lost in Class 2A sectional 33 opener to Bishop Noll
Inside the Ingots
Leading returning scorer: JJ Pennington, 15.9 ppg
Leading returning rebounder: JJ Pennington, 8.6 ppg
Star power: JJ Pennington, Sr., F. Variety is the name of Pennington's game. He is versatile enough to score in almost any way possible on the floor and isn't afraid to take chances.
Newcomer to watch: Luis Cordero, Fr., G. The youngster is athletic and saw his confidence build during a successful football season. He'll see a lot of time on the floor and there are high expectations for his upside.
Ingots hoping for more with less
Despite smaller numbers and turnout to tryouts, the Ingots have learned from last year's mistakes. "Last year, we were 5-16 and I think six of those losses were by six points or less, one in overtime and one in double-overtime," coach Jason Quigg said. "A couple of buckets here and there would have made the difference." So the team was thinking about each of those missed points as it turned up the conditioning in the offseason to prepare for a faster offense. Breaks up and down the floor will define this team with speed making the biggest difference. "Our focus has been getting up and down the floor," guard Malachi Sala said. "We're focusing a lot more on defense this year, too." Without the depth on the bench, keeping healthy will be a key for the Ingots, especially as they also hope to maintain the heavy pace of game. "This group of kids has been working hard, and they'll do anything we ask of them," Quigg said. — Hillary Smith