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Jags Hope to Build on Last Year's Ten Win Season

As the Northwest boys basketball team prepares to host Wootton in its season opener Friday night, second-year Head Coach Robert Smith is hoping this team will find a way to do the little things better and do what no other Northwest boys basketball team has done.

“With 10 wins last season, we felt we should have had a few more and lost a few games we were ahead in and couldn’t handle pressure down the stretch,” said Smith. “We still have some team goals to do what no other Northwest team has done.” And no other Northwest team has had a long run into the postseason, making it to the Maryland State tournament.

Last year’s 10-12 season, was not something that Smith and his players can point to and call success, these Jags are looking for more. However, this season schedule poses a big challenge to the Jags.

“Our schedule is tough,” said Smith. “We have some new teams that we did not face last year. We play Kennedy, Einstein, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Oakdale and more the regionally located teams twice. We want to improve on every game and play every team tough mentally. We need to come prepared for practice and games every time.”

While the Jaguars have lost the talents of last year’s seniors, Donnie Gaines, Reagan Zamena, and Jamar Wilson to graduation, Smith has high hopes for the juniors that saw a lot of minutes in big games last year.

“You can’t replace kids from year to year, most of these kids all have different skills sets.