The White County Warriors boys basketball team has finished second in the district for the last couple years, and they are ready to take the next step in 2019.
After 2018 saw them go 23-9, the Warriors were picked in both the media and coaches polls to finish first in the district this season. While that may bring hefty expectations, junior guard Grant Slatten is ready to help his team prove the voters right.
“As a team, we are really focused on winning the district this year,” Slatten said. “We want to try to go further through regionals…we want to try to make it to state.”
Slatten has made his name as a do-it-all scorer of sorts, but he hasn’t let that diminish his team-first view of the game.
“My goals this year are the same as last year: to do everything I can to help the team,” Slatten said. “(I want to) do everything I can to help us win, and follow what coach says and we’ll get there.”
While this is a gifted team offensively, Slatten acknowledges that the key to their success will be their performance on the defensive end of the floor.
“The X-factor will be our defense,” Slatten said. “That’s probably what’s hurt us the most the past two years. We were really young, and we didn’t really understand how to play the defense we were put into, but this year, we are a much better defensive team.”
The polls certainly bring lofty expectations into the locker room, but that hasn’t phased this team. They are ready to go out and prove everyone right, in their eyes.
“We definitely got picked high this year,” Slatten said. “We want to live up to that expectation. That’s our main goal, making it to State.”