GENEVA — Last season was a learning experience for many of the players on the Fillmore Central boys basketball team. An inexperienced group, the Panthers managed just three wins last season.
But those young players have a year of playing time under their belts, and Fillmore Central head coach Jordan High likes the group he has coming back.
“We bring back a good core of guys who had to play young and are now upperclassmen,” he said. “We should grow a lot from last year.”
Leading that core of players are three returning starters from last season’s squad. Seniors Brock Tatro and Carson Tatro are back along with junior Garrett Nichols. Carson led the trio with 8.6 points per game last season, while Brock added 6.4 and Nichols averaged 5.4. Nichols also grabbed 3.6 rebounds per game and dished out 1.5 assists, while Brock pulled in 2.8 rebounds.
The Panthers will start the season Friday with a home game against Milford, which finished 21-6 last year. Fillmore Central will be in the Class C-1, Subdistrict 8 tournament at the end of the season, alongside Adams Central, Central City and St. Paul. High, who has a record of 26-55 in his three seasons as the Panthers’ head coach, believes Adams Central is the team to beat in the subdistrict.
Fillmore Central is still looking for its first state tournament berth.