Kingwood tips off hoops season with alumni scrimmage

The Kingwood Christian School boys basketball team figured out areas that need the most improvement during the school’s annual alumni basketball game on Thursday.

The game is to help the Lions prepare for the upcoming season, but also for the new and old players to have some fun on the court.

“It’s good to get back on the court and see how we size up against this year’s team,” 2006 graduate Nick Massey said.

Brooks Webb, a 2007 graduate, had plenty of fun in the game playing against his brother, Madison Webb.

The boys’ alumni team seemed to have the most fun in the contest, though, as they defeated the current Lions 36-16 in two 10-minute halves.

“This game was all about fun, but I’ll be relying on my senior, Brandon Bowen, to lead in scoring this year,” said Kingwood boys coach Chris Monroe. “We were 8-14 last season, and the goal is to win 10 or 11 games.”

Last season’s leading scorer for the Lions was Justice Davis, who was playing as an alumnus this year. Two of Monroe’s three seniors from last year returned to play on the alumni team.

The Lady Lions also played two 10-minute halves with the current players winning, 32-18.

“We did not play very impressive tonight, but it may have been that our girls were kind of goofing around,” Lady Lions head coach and Kingwood Athletic Director Johna Smith said.

The Lady Lions will be led this season by six-foot senior Lauren Rozof.

“We have good ball-handlers, good shooters, a lot of depth and we should have a good chance of going far with our three-pointers,” Smith said.

There were three-point and free-throw contests during halftime of each matchup, which got everyone from the community involved.

The Lions start the season Nov. 17 as they host Meadowview Christian School at Eric A. Harden Gymnasium.

The girls tip off their regular season at 6 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:30.