One of the biggest games of a high school athlete's career is Senior Night.
Three Bulldogs will have their senior night, one of their career-defining games, on Friday against Nelsonville-York. Griffin Lutz, Trey Martin and Brody Ball all will get to have their last home basketball games of their high school careers.
Ball won’t be able play, however. He hurt his ankle at practice Wednesday.
With two games left in the regular season before playoffs start, the Bulldogs are trying to get back on track after losing its last two games.
“We’re trying to get two wins, build momentum going in,” Lutz said.
For the seniors, the two games will also be a chance to play in front of a home crowd for the last time. The seniors are excited for that opportunity.
“It’s going to be fun, last time playing with all my friends at the high school,” Lutz said.
Saturday night, Athens (12-8, 8-3 Tri-Valley Conference) will finish its regular season in a non-conference game against Marietta.
Throughout the season, the Bulldogs have struggled with its out-of-conference opponents, most recently losing to Morgan 70-60 Tuesday night.
While the Bulldogs haven’t played terribly in these games, a common theme has shown in the losses: poor shooting.
Coach Mickey Cozart has harped on that theme, after most of the defeats to non-conference opponents.
Cozart said, after the Morgan game, his team needs to get better at making shots in the paint especially.
If the Bulldogs shoot better and win Saturday night, it could give them confidence going into its playoff game against Sheridan.