Despite the Panthers gaining only three victories so far this season, the coaching staff still has optimism.
“We’ve made significant progress since the beginning of this season,” head coach Lee Wilson said. “There are some things we still need to improve on but our goals are still intact.”
Wilson, who is currently in his ninth year with the program and fifth as head coach, noted the Panthers played a similar schedule last season and still made an appearance in the playoffs.
“The plan is to play some stiff competition on the front end of the season so that we’ll be more battle-tested for region games and know what we’re made of,” Wilson said. “The flip side is that playing schools in bigger classifications can hurt confidence so it’s a balancing act knowing we’ll be able to compete and win.”
Chapel Hill already has experienced the difficulties of play in Region 4-AAA, dropping two contests to Douglass and Callaway this weekend by fewer than 10 points in each game. The Panthers earned a region victory over Jackson-Atlanta 55-41 on Dec. 6 earlier this season.
Junior forward Efe Balfour said, “This has been an up and down season for us with a young team but we’re continuing to improve.”
Balfour, who averages a team-high 14 points per contest, serves as a co-captain with fellow forwards Tyrik Borner and Jonathan Jones.
Wilson said, “You won’t find three better guys that lead by example.
“They’re model students in the classroom with solid grades and good behavior. We’ve challenged them to be more vocal and go as far as they’ll take us.”
Chapel Hill returns to action on Friday at Haralson County.