FORT MILL — A storm maybe brewing for the Fort Mill High boy’s varsity basketball team.
Last season, Fort Mill finished with a 17-8 record after falling to Eastside in the second round of the playoffs. Not a bad start for then first-year coach Dwayne Hartsoe.
But now Hartsoe has to look at the harsh reality of what this year holds.
Fort Mill lost four starters from last year’s squad and a huge 94 percent of its scoring after Jon Brown, Daequon Antoine and Riley McGillan all graduated, and big man in the middle Kevin Woods decided to stick to baseball and not come out this season.
“It will be a rebuilding year,” Hartsoe said. “We will have to play differently. We will have to be more deliberate. We will have to move the ball around to get shots.”
Fort Mill was picked to finish seventh out of eight squads in Region III-AAAA this season.
Hartsoe said the key to the Jackets’ success this year will be defense and low scoring games.
“We have to defend really well,” he said.
Back this year for Fort Mill will be junior Devan Thacker, who started for the Jackets last year, as well as seniors Matt Ferguson and John Paris. Seniors Rylan Wells, coming off the football field, and Harrison Lancaster are also back this season for Fort Mill.
Hartsoe said that with losing so much of their scoring that it gives other players a chance to make themselves known.
“It’s a challenge,” he said. “It’s exciting. It gives someone else a chance to step up.”
Fort Mill tips off its season on the road Nov. 26 at Forestview High School in Gastonia.
Their first home game will be that Friday, Nov. 30, against Indian Land.