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Concord basketball reflects on first week of 2021 season

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ATHENS, W.Va. (WVVA) - The Mountain Lions men's and women's basketball teams each split their first two games of the season last week.

Usually by mid-January, teams have locked in some of the moving pieces. But this season, the coaches are still learning a great deal about their squads.

After a pair of games for Todd May, he is pleased with the early effort from not only his starters, but also his reserves.

"I thought our bench was decent against [West Virginia] State," he said. "That's usually a thing through your scrimmages and your preseason that you're able to develop your depth a little bit. So, without having that we've just got to make sure we develop it here as we go through the season."

Women's head coach, Kenny Osborne, learned a lot about his bunch, as well. In foul trouble, down 19 points in Sunday's third quarter against West Virginia State, the Lady Lions could have folded.

But they didn't.

The upperclassmen duo of Riley Fitzwater and Maggie Guynn combined for 46. Even a few freshman made an impact on the score sheet.

"You know when things have been going good in practice, we've been good. When things don't go so good -- we're not so good," Osborne admitted. "I kept challenging them about being a competitor and playing for the whole time, and they turned it around in the second half. We limited our turnovers -- we played better defense."

"Again, just showing that we're a lot tougher mentally than I gave them credit for."

Concord welcomed in West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday evening. Neither of the Bobcats' squads have earned a win yet this season.

The women's game will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to follow.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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