On one hand, it’s a tough assignment for both Alexander Central’s varsity basketball teams tonight when they host Freedom. On the other hand, it’s a chance to gauge yourself against the best teams in the Northwestern Conference and among the elite in the state. Freedom’s women and men are atop the league.
The Patriot women are 19-0 overall and 9-0 in league play. They’re ranked #2 in the state by Maxpreps.com. The Lady Cougars, under first year coach Jon Presnell have shown significant progress. They enter this evening with a record of 12-9 and 4-5 in conference play. That’s a major improvement from a team that won just 2 games last season. Junior Gracie Harrington leads the team with 10 points per outing.
The Freedom men are 18-1 and 8-1 in NWC play, they’ve won six in a row. Coach Ed Wills’ Cougars are on something of a roll of late too, winning their last 4 games. The Blue and Gold are 13-8 overall and their 6-3 league mark has them tied for second. AC is led by Seniors Jem Lowrance who is averaging 14 points per game and Maddox Kerley who is averaging 11. Sophomore Evan Presnell is also scoring 11 points per game.