Washington Catholic was without junior Armando Ramirez with a shoulder injury, according to coach John Howell. Ramirez pulled down 11 rebounds in the season opening win over Lighthouse Christian Nov. 25 at the Bird Cage. The Cardinals don't have any player on the roster taller than 6'3. That being said, Howell was disappointed in the performance he got from his kids on both ends of the floor.
"A little disappointed tonight," Howell said. "Certain things we might as well get used to — we're going to be outsized all year. We have to do a better job of getting bodies on people and being stronger about going up to get the ball. Second thing, in the first half we were very soft with the ball on the offensive end. We didn't execute very well in either half, we didn't make them work very hard on defense. We went one shot or turned it over. Some things we can fix, we just have to get back to work."
Dalrymple said he has been watching more and more college basketball games as he scouts how certain offenses enter the ball into the post and how he can better prepare his team for what lies ahead. The Cougars host Shoals Friday before a matchup Saturday night against 3A Washington at the Hatchet House.
"Early in December, yeah you scout your opponent, but you only worry about yourself," Dalrymple said. "We'll be able to pick enough things out of this film that we need to get better with. We'll know personnel better, we were kind of guessing out there today. We want to continue to get better each and every day."
On the outside, Dusten Cook and Alex Wittmer combined for 31 points and four 3-pointers. Dalrymple said the impact of those two to hit shots from the perimeter will be important as the team starts to deal with the option of team doubling on Buehler, Moore and Byrer on the block.
"We have major confidence in those two — they're players — they have worked hard their entire careers to be out on that varsity floor," Dalrymple said. "We expect big things from them."