Richton hoopsters hoping to make strong push in second half of season

Richton High School head basketball coach Hugh Thoms is shown talking to his team during an afternoon practice during the holiday break. The Rebels are looking to make a strong push in the final weeks of the regular season with their eyes on a potential region championship.
Photo by Dylan Favre – Dispatch Staff

By DYLAN JONES
Dispatch Sports
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District games are beginning, and both men and women’s basketball teams at Richton High School are seeking to gain momentum before the start of playoffs. The men, who came into their Tuesday game with a 3-9 overall record, would drop a close one to Resurrection Catholic High School by a score of 42-40. Senior Marquell Smith has lead the charge in terms of scoring, even earning 17 points in a 52-51 overtime win against Mt. Olive, with Dylan Farve also scoring 12 in the same game.

As for the girls, they sport a 6-8 overall record and started off their district games with a dominant 41-17 win versus RCHS. Sophomores McKenzie Amos and Mya Robins have been some of the most notable players thus far into the season, with Amos earning 12.1 points per game leading up to district along with a 22 point game against Mize, and Robins earning 10.9 points per game in that same span, with a 21 point game against Stringer.

Both coaches Hugh Thoms and David Shepherd expressed much optimism when it came to their teams.

“We’ll be competitive for sure,” said Thoms. Shepherd would go on to agree with him.

With the playoff picture having yet to be set, look for both teams to make a statement, as both are expecting to be able to make a run for district champions.

 

Rebels need playmakers to rise to the occasion

As this year’s basketball season heads into divisional play, the Rebels will depend more on getting their playmakers the ball. One of these players is the versatile Farve, who also plays baseball and football. Favre has proven to be vital this season, being one of the team’s top scorers thus far. His athleticism often tends to give him a competitive edge against opponents, and his leadership skills can be displayed simply by the way he speaks, as team success is often emphasized.

“My expectations for my teams are set to a very high standard, no matter the sport,” said the senior Farve. “And I know I’m not the only one that expects 110 percent from everyone.”
Farve not only wants his team to succeed, but he also expects the most out of himself as well.

“As an individual, one of my main accomplishments is being a leader in any sport I play,” said Farve. “Even as a football player, my main accomplishment was to have better stats and a better team than Richton has seen in a long time.”

While Farve is currently undecided on his plans coming out of high school, there is certainly no doubt that the sky is the limit for this young man.

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