Stidham getting Wolverines experience during summer
East Webster boys basketball coach Corey Stidham has the basketball come his way while instructing his team during summer league action at the Starkville Sportsplex. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
There are certain things that East Webster boys basketball coach Corey Stidham is going to miss about Ledrick Patterson and Miguel Graham.
He hates to lose their point production as Patterson provided the Wolverines 16.6 points per game last season, while Graham added 16.4 points per outing.
Even more than scoring, Stidham said leadership will be lacking with his team next season with the departure of Patterson and Graham.
"The leadership and toughness those two guys brought to the table is something we're going to need to get from someone," Stidham said. "Someone needs to takes up that role."
Patterson and Graham led East Webster into the Class 2A North Tournament last season.
After a loss to Baldwyn ended the season for the Wolverines in March, Stidham has had to find ways to put a team back together.
Stidham has used the summer to get his players some experience by participating in the summer league at the Starkville Sportsplex and went to an event in Southaven.
When an April 27 tornado destroyed the gym at East Webster, it put more emphasis than usual on being able to travel for games this summer.
"We haven't had time to practice or even a place to practice," Stidham said. "There are some growing pains, but we'll get there."
The summer presents its own set of challenges for the Wolverines as players are pulled to one commitment or the other, but Stidham plans to work with what he has at the time.
In a loss to Starkville Academy last Thursday, Stidham only had nine players available.
"You've got 7-on-7 football and you've got baseball, but that's part of it," Stidham said. "That gives more guys minutes out there on the floor.
"There are players that have to step up in some roles. Somebody will do it. It's just a matter of who."
Stidham plans to use every available moment to send a message about how he wants things to move forward at East Webster.
"We're out of shape and they don't understand the effort we've got to play with," Stidham said. "I'll find five guys that have got the right effort."
(Editor's Note: This story is one in a series featuring area high school basketball teams as it takes part in the summer league at the Starkville Sportsplex. More teams will be highlighted in future editions of The Starkville Daily News.)
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