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2020-21 Keystone Boys’ Basketball Preview Powered by Potter County Family Campground

Brandon Pierce, senior guard. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here

Keystone Panthers

Head coach: Greg Heath (Career record of 627-286 entering his 37th season at the school)(

2019-20 Record: 21-4 (Won KSAC Title)

Playoffs: Lost to Clarion, 54-50, in District 9 Class 2A semifinals; Lost to Coudersport, 58-45, in District 9 Class 2A consolation game

Top returning players: Brandon Pierce (Sr., G, 7.3 ppg, Excellent shooter and solid ballhandler), Collin Say (Sr., G/F, 4 ppg, Versatile scorer who can play post or perimeter), Gavin Hogue (Sr., G, 2 ppg, Solid player on both offense and defense), Logan Sell (Sr., G/F, Explosive, versatile player), Cameron Easton (Sr., G, Quick, excellent on-ball defender)

                                      

Top players lost: Troy Johnson (13.2 ppg), Marc Rearick (9.7 ppg), Isaak Jones (8.6 ppg), Andrew Lauer (7.6 ppg), Alex Rapp (5.3 ppg)

Key newcomers: Keenan Heeter (Sr., F, He did not play last year and is a welcome addition on the front line), Bret Wingard (Jr., G/F, Strong, versatile player), Zander McHenry (Jr, G, Explosive player with good skills; Scored 12 points in 7 games a year ago)

Keys to the season: We graduated our entire starting lineup and 75% of our scoring. Given our limited opportunities to work with the team in the offseason due to Covid restrictions, there are many question marks coming into the season. We do have some solid returners. This team has the potential to be good, but I have not had enough time with them to figure out our strengths and weaknesses. I look for them to improve steadily throughout the season. We have the potential to be a good offensive team, but we will only be as good as our defense will allow. The biggest key to our season will be in getting players to accept their roles. That said, they have good attitudes and leadership, which will be most valuable in this chaotic season we are experiencing.

Things your team is doing during the COVID-19 pause of winter sports: We realize that our team and others like us will be at a huge disadvantage initially to those teams that were able to start on time. With hard work and good attitudes, we hope to be able to close that gap.

                       

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