NEBRASKA CITY – Despite hard-fought games, inconsistency on both sides has haunted the Nebraska City boys basketball team (1-10) this winter.
First-year head coach Matt Thompson wants his team to find more consistency and finish the season on a strong note, starting Friday night at home vs. Gretna (9-2).
“We just want to get a more consistent effort out of our guys. We go through some stretches where we’re playing hard and things are going pretty well for us. Every once in a while the ball quits going in the hole and I think that, unfortunately, it’s kind of translated to the defensive end, too. We’re not getting some shots to drop and we aren’t making some awesome plays that we need to make on the other side of the court.”
Meanwhile, injuries and illness have infected the Gretna girls basketball team this season, with two starters and another varsity player being held out with injuries. Senior guard Faith Ross has been out most the week with a sickness, but head coach Jerome Skrdla says he hopes to have her back for Friday’s game against Nebraska City.
“Two starters and another varsity player out and then we’re hoping Faith will back for us. The one good thing, we’ve got pretty good depth on our team. So, we tend to be able to handle some illness that way as long as it’s not too many players.”
The Pioneers will host the Dragons for a girl/boy doubleheader Friday night at Nebraska City High School. Tip-off of the girls game is at 6 p.m., followed by the boys. Both games will be carried live on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM.
Gretna at Nebraska City
When: Girls: 6 p.m. / Boys: 8 p.m.
Where: Nebraska City High School
Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM