There’s no getting around it: Jackson Hole High School’s boys basketball squad has gotten off to a rough start.
The Broncs sit at 0-9 so far this season, with games more often than not slipping through their collective fingers as the second half presses on and the Jackson side loses its resolve.
But the players said earlier this week that they’ve focused on keeping an upbeat attitude, learning as much from their disappointments as they do from their fleeting positives.
And they hope that approach will lead to their first win of the year when Big Piney visits Saturday afternoon.
For the Jackson boys to string together wins and turn the season around, they need to start by scoring. Simple enough. But while the team does have a number of athletes capable of etching double-digit point totals in any given game, the struggle thus far has been recording those performances alongside each other in the same outing.
“We need five or six guys to contribute six to 10 points a night for us to be successful,” Jackson coach Sam Lunz said. “Some of it is mental, some of it is confidence, some of it is execution.”
Silas Wotkyns is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 11.9 points per outing. Fellow senior Evan Brunner goes for 10.2 points per game and 4.7 boards, and Gavin Brunner has clipped averages of 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 boards per game.
Key for the Broncs when they take on the 7-3 Punchers on Saturday will be those performances coming together.
“As far as matchups and sizewise, they’re another good matchup,” Lunz said. “It’s a winnable game for us. Not to say we have to make every shot, but we’ve got to get everything we can out of every possession we’ve got.”
The Broncs boys won’t be alone in trying to rebound Saturday. The Jackson Hole girls are fresh off a lopsided loss to Teton Valley in which no Broncs player reached a double-digit point total, turnovers were abundant, and the team never found its groove and fell to 1-8 on the season.
The Big Piney girls bring a modest 4-7 record, and, quite like the boys contest, Jackson girls head coach Jason Huggins expects a good matchup when the game tips off.
He said earlier this week that the team has accepted its most recent loss as a hiccup, regrouped and plans to get back in the win column against the Punchers.
“It was just a setback, I think,” Huggins said. “Each week we’ve been improving, each game. It was one that we didn’t play as well as we wanted. Throw it away, come out and get ready to go.”
The girls game tips off at 12:30 p.m. with the boys contest to follow.