This was supposed to be the season boys basketball opponents exacted whatever revenge they could against the Edinburgh Lancers.
Such thoughts occur when all five starters, players responsible for most of points produced during a memorable 23-3 semistate season, clutch their diplomas and move on with their lives.
Lancers coach Drew Glentzer knew better. The cupboard may have contained a few questions, but it was by no means empty.
“I knew these kids were going to have some success,” said Glentzer, whose third Edinburgh squad has opened some eyes with a 4-1 start. “I told them that last year they were practicing against one of the best (Class) A teams in the state.
“They paid their dues, and they’re kind of being rewarded with some victories.”
The Lancers opened with a 23-point triumph against Southwestern (Shelby). They then lost a 41-35 decision at home to Class A No. 11 and unbeaten Waldron, a team Glentzer said “might not lose a game this season.”
Since then, the Lancers have routed North Decatur, Hauser and Medora.
Tonight’s matchup at Lutheran (5-1) will give Glentzer a better idea of how his team is progressing and what aspects need tweaking.
But overall, he likes what he’s seen so far.
Like last season, Edinburgh starts five seniors. This time around it’s 6-foot-2 point guard Caleb Giles leading the way with his 17-point scoring average. Ryan Burton (12 ppg), a 6-2 forward, and 6-2 guard Riley Price (10) also average double-figures.
Forward Trent Tatlock and 6-4 post Nathan King average eight points apiece for the Lancers. Coming off the bench are 6-4, 260-pound junior Dakota Sneed and 5-10 freshman guard Kyle Pendleton.
“Within our program we had these expectations. We had a good summer, but the kids needed to prove it to themselves early,” Glentzer said. “I knew rebounding-wise and defense-wise we wouldn’t miss a beat. Offensively, we’re still a work in progress.
“We’re starting to form an identity, though, and it’s really nice to see hard work and paying your dues come to fruition.”
Edinburgh has won 47 of the 55 games (.800) Glentzer has coached. Yes, he’s had talent. However, somewhere along the way the correct buttons have been pushed.
Whatever the case, these Lancers slowly are emerging from the imposing shadow cast by the 2011-12 team, which lost to eventual Class A state champion Loogootee 61-50 at the Southport Semistate.
With the exception of Price, a transfer from Hamilton Southeastern, last winter’s second five has become this season’s first five.
“It all goes back to last year — me going up against Kyle (Wuest) in practice, and Ryan and Trent going up against Jordan (Burton) in practice,” Giles said. “We’re all really good friends on this team, and that’s the way it was last year. I think it helps us.”