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Knights set for tipoff against Trojans

By By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
Nov. 8, 2002
After summer workouts and practices for weeks now, the Knights of West Lauderdale are ready to get the season tipped of.
After finishing fourth in the state with a 25-14 record last season, the Knights will be looking to get back to the state tournament again this season after losing only two players from last year's team.
The Knights will be very experienced this season. West will start four seniors this season and will have another senior coming off the bench to contribute.
Calvin Moore and Boo Ramsey are two of the seniors who will start on the outside. Both have potential to play on the next level and will probably will lead the team in scoring.
Karlos Lewis is another senior that will start on the outside. While most teams focus on Moore and Ramsey, Lewis will probably be a sleeper that will put up good numbers.
The Knights will have a little size inside with two 6-foot-3 juniors. Kolin Boyd and Lee Nelson will be the two that West will depend on inside.
The team should be able to play eight or nine players each game. West will be depending a lot on 6-foot-1 sophomore Mark Ford. Sophomore Scott Grady will also see time along with senior Charles Andrews.
The Knights will look to move the ball up and down the floor on the break, but should also be able to run half-court offense well.
West will be able to press on defense this season and will run a lot of man defense. The team will also play some zone defense according to what matchups it is facing.
Moore, Ramsey, Lewis, Chris Hampton and Boyd will start for the Knights in the first game this season, but the lineup could change according to matchups and depending on if the Knights plan to press or not.
The Knights will start the season tonight in Collinsville against visiting Northeast Lauderdale. The Trojans are coming in with an 0-1 record after losing to Quitman in their season opener on Tuesday.