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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Southwest junior Devon Resz hit a jumper for the Trojans during varsity action on Friday. Jared Lankford

Southwest still learn team roles and assignments

Southwest boys basketball coach Rusty Roe is not Nostradamus, but he was able to predict what his team's struggles were going to be before a 67-39 loss to Monett on Friday.

"Monett's size and athleticism were going to be our biggest challenges," Roe said, entering the contest. "We play with heart, but that doesn't always cover open shooters."

Roe's fears were realized when Monett's Alex Turner scored a career-high 16 points in the paint and guard Logan Coones turned in a 32-point performance.

"We covered how to attack Coones and deal with their post but we did not execute," Roe said. "We played tough and never quit, sometimes you just get beat by better talent."

The Trojans will not dwell on the loss for long. Roe know that the squad is still in contention for a conference title and high district seed.

"The score of this game show a lop-sided loss," Roe said. "We know the caliber of team Monett has this season and felt we did all we could do against them. Right now, our attention is turned to Purdy and trying to win a conference crown."

Scoring for Southwest against Monett: Paton Clay, 10; Jacob Durossette, 9; Devon Resz, 8; Robbie Randall, 6; Orion Lawyer, 4; and Cameron Corter, 2

Southwest host Purdy on Friday, tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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