LITTLE RIVER --- Seniors Levi Swenson and Peyton Harvey will be looked upon as leaders for the Little River High School boy’s basketball team.

Swenson averaged 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season, while Harvey averaged just over three points a game.

Head coach Chad Lafferty knows his two seniors will do a good job setting examples on the court.

“Levi and Peyton will be our most experienced players on the court this season,” Lafferty said. “They both do a great job of leading through example with their on-court play and effort.”

Senior Dillinger Page would have made three senior starters, but Page suffered an injury during football season and may miss the entire basketball season.

The team’s top returning scorer, junior Jace Garrison, did a lot of growing up offensively and defensively, according to Lafferty. Garrison averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last year.

Outside the top three players, there is uncertainty through the rest of the roster.

“We will need some young guys to do some growing up pretty quickly as our schedule early on is very tough and we will need some inexperienced players to step up,” Lafferty said.

Little River will be a defensive-oriented team this season to make up for a lack of returning offense.

“Defensively we will have the tools to put pressure on the ball and use our quickness to turn some teams over and hopefully get some easy baskets,” Lafferty said. “Offensively we will need to depend on our defense getting us some run-outs in transition as we will need to replace a double-digit scorer from last year in Clay Zeller.”

Little River opens the season on Dec. 5 against fellow WSL contender Elyria Christian School at the Goessel Invite.

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