HERALD Photo/Tony Claxton - Tristian Clay and the No. 24 Big Spring Steers take on Snyder at 7:30 p.m. today in Steer Gym. The Lady Steers play at 6 p.m.
Big Spring center Devante Lloyd applied one of the sayings from football head coach Phillip Ritchey to the Steersâ basketball season so far.
âCoach Ritchey once said âOnce you catch fire, thereâs no telling how far youâll go,ââ Lloyd said. âSo thatâs the way I see it. We have two wins in district so we caught fire. Weâre just going to keep going from there.â
How on fire are the Steers? Itâs early, but theyâre 2-0 in District 5-3A play and ranked No. 24 in the state according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coachesâ rankings.
That might add a little extra incentive for Snyder to steal a win tonight from the Steers at 7:30 p.m. in Steer Gym.
The funny thing about the ranking, though,is while it came out earlier this week, head coach Cliff Thompson didnât tell his team until Thursdayâs practice.
Thompson said his players deserve recognition and heâs proud the Steers showed up in the rankings, but he admitted he likes flying under the radar and got used to it.
Snyder almost knock off Abilene Wylie in its last game, losing by two to the Bulldogs. Thompson said Snyder is not a team that should be overlooked. The Tigers have tremendous speed and a winning pedigree.
âThose athletes, they expect to win,â he said. âThey expect to win at whatever they do, so theyâre going to come in and be scrappy. Weâre going to have to bring our A-game and play like we have been the last two games.â
But Thompson expects a tough game tonight and knows the more the Steers win at this point, the more attention theyâll get.
He said he understand Big Spring will have a target on itâs back as district play continues.
âI think so,â Thompson said. âEspecially with the way weâve beaten Brownwood in Brownwood, it definitely kind of put a target in our backs for district. Us going to their place and beating, right off the bat,I think that got a lot of peopleâs attention.â
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The Big Spring Lady Steers play Snyder at 6 p.m. today in Steer Gym. At 0-3in district play, the Lady Steers hope to stop the bleeding in hopes of knocking off Snyder. The Lady Steers have lost to Wylie, Brownwood and Sweetwater in district play so far.