Despite opening the 2005-2006 season with a four-game losing streak, Mehlville Senior High School boys’ basketball coach Andy Guethle believes that the Panthers are showing signs of improvement.
“I’ve seen us improve through all four games,” Guethle told the Call. “One of our problems is that we’ve been putting up quick shots on offense, which then puts a lot of pressure on us on defense.”
The Panthers (0-4) struggled against Affton Friday night, posting just 13 points in the first half.
“We only scored 12 points in the first half and that was partly contributed to their (Affton) defense,” Guethle said. “We had some good looks at the basket that we just didn’t make.”
Mehlville failed to rally from Affton’s 23-13 lead at halftime and dropped a 58-44 decision to the Cougars.
Sophomore point guard Kyle Horvat led the Panthers in scoring with 13 points, four assists and one steal in the loss.
“Kyle’s one of the leaders on the team,” Guethle said. “He’s responsible for getting our offense going and is also one of our better defenders on the team.”
Mehlville’s Adam Dubuque also scored in double figures for the Panthers, racking up 11 points, three rebounds and two steals.
“Adam’s done a good job so far this season,” Guethle said. “He played really well in the South Side Classic. He’s a smart player that knows where he needs to be on both offense and defense.”
The Panthers are back in action Friday when they play host to Suburban West Conference rival Lindbergh. The Flyers are 3-1 overall and are coming off a 63-61 win over Hazelwood East Saturday afternoon.
“Lindbergh’s post players are going to create some problems for us,” Guethle said. “We’re going to have our hands full, but I think that this is a game that we can win if we go out there and play consistent.”
Mehlville’s home game against Lind-bergh is slated for a 7 p.m. start.