Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Coach: Red-hot Warriors have room for improvement

The girls basketball squad was 9-1, 4-0 in Class A, District 5 with seven straight wins before Monday's game against Ocala Christian, but coach Brian Ludwick does not appear to be content with that success.

He thinks his team has plenty to work on.

"We're not playing nearly as well as we can," Ludwick said. "I don't think we'ved peaked at all. We can play a lot better than we have recently. We need to get a lot better at rebounding and a lot better on the offensive end. We need to finish shots."

Ludwick's other concerns center on his squad's lack of close games. The Warriors have had only two (winning once), so the coach is unsure how they will fare against tougher squads.

He's about to find out. Seven Rivers plays several larger schools during the stretch run, and should be tested.

"We've got to make sure we're ready to play," Ludwick said. "And No. 2, we also have to make sure we don't lose our focus (against the lesser opponents)."

Depth could play an important role.

Much has been made of the Warriors' strong starting five _ junior forward Rachel Ebert, senior point guard Amy Cortese, eighth-grade forward Rachael Capra, junior guard Danielle Toms and junior forward Alice Zeiss. But sophomore reserves Brianna Boyer, a forward, and Rachel Peshek, a guard, have key roles. Each plays about 10 minutes a game and has gradually improved.

"They're both very good," Ludwick said. "They've both played a lot. They help us a great deal."

NOT ALL BAD: When boys starting point guard Richard Capra missed last week's game against Villages Charter with a sprained ankle, Adam Peshek took his spot. The 6-foot-3 Peshek is the team's starting center.

"It's not a really big change," coach Jim Ervin said. "Adam has played the point before. He goes in whenever Richard gets in foul trouble."

The injury forced sixth-man Brent Walker into the starting lineup at center. The senior is a first-year player and leads a not-so-deep bench.

"He played great," Ervin said. "He did what we needed out of him. He hustled and grabbed rebounds. Those were valuable minutes. He had more time in that game than he had in the last five. That was good for us to be able to get him in more."

STAT OF THE WEEK: Before Monday's game against Ocala Christian, the boys had converted 151 of 200 free-throw attempts, or 75.5 percent.