Osawatomie post player Kaden Fields tries to find space to get past two Anderson County defenders.

OSAWATOMIE — The Osawatomie Trojan basketball team is a young one this season, led by three seniors.

Osawatomie returns senior letter-winners Layton Hodgson, Matthew Fanning and Kaden Fields.

Hodgson will run the offense at guard.

Fanning, a forward, is a post player who can rebound and shoot.

Fields, a center, is a tough defender in the lane and will battle for rebounds.

Thirty boys came out for the Osawatomie Trojan basketball program this season.

Coach Chris Pitts is in his seventh year as head coach and 16th season with the program.

“We are just getting started, but the kids are working hard,” Pitts said. “We have a lot of new young players in the program. That is great to see, but these first two weeks we are going to have to slow down and really hit the basic fundamentals of the game.

“Layton and Matthew are great at leading by example for the younger players,” Pitts said.

Osawatomie, 9-12 a year ago, will need to play hard every time they step onto the court, Pitts said.

“Our key to success is playing defense,” he said. “I tell the kids to take it one possession at a time. If we can go out there and work on defense the rest will take care of itself.”

Wins are great, but making steady improvement is the key, Pitts said. The Osawatomie Trojans want to be playing their best basketball when postseason comes around.

“Our main goal is to get better each day and enjoy playing the game of basketball,” Pitts said.

Wellsville and Burlington are the teams to beat in the Pioneer League this season, Pitts said.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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