George, Kids hope to start clicking
With a new coach and system in place, Northampton senior Kyle George knows time in on his and his teammates' side.
Consequently, he isn't overly concerned with his team's 0-5 start through Thursday the latest being a lopsided 63-25 defeat to Parkland Tuesday night.
"We're starting to come together," noted George, who has been an integral part of the Konkrete Kids' program for the past three seasons and a prominent member of the Kids' football program. "We have a lot of football players who are getting into basketball shape, and we also have a number of players getting used to the speed of the game as they are playing at the varsity level for the first time.
"It is a transition period for all of us."
So far, first-year head coach Coy Stampone has been a beacon of optimism and confidence for the program that endured an 8-14 campaign last season. With a cast of new players and an intricate new system in place, Stampone appreciates George's experience as a senior leader on the team.
"We have football players who were coming in off the Thanksgiving Day game and several new players," said Stampone of his shooting guard. "But I know we will be successful. Having a player like Kyle (George) helps because he had grown into his role and worked on it during the summer.
"We have been playing some of the better teams around in our first few games, but that's not an excuse. We knew we would have a major challenge playing (in the Lehigh Valley Conference). With George and (senior point guard) Marcus (Morris), we have stability in the backcourt to start the season."
Even thought the Kids appear to be stable on some fronts, George would welcome some victories in the early going. In most of their contests, he has been the team's leading scorer.
"It has been frustrating," expressed George on the team's winless start. "We seem to have gaps in every game and then we rally. We didn't think it would be like this, but we all have to rally together.
"It has been a little rough with the changes, but I believe we're all starting to adapt to everything. Our practices have been better and we seem to be starting to jell more as a team. Now, we just have to take the next step. It hasn't been one or two players, it has been us a team not playing consistent enough for the whole game."
As far as his plans for next fall, George is undecided on his college choice, but he has entertained the thoughts of attending Temple. Whatever college he chooses, George plans to pursue a business career.
Until then, he plans to take care of business on the court. The Kids played Nazareth before the Christmas break and then will host Blue Mountain and Catasauqua Dec. 27 and 28.
"We know we can turn this around," said George. "We got some of our post players back recently and that will help. We all just need to keep working and all have confidence and determination that we can get back on track."
George and his teammates believe their time will come.