MYRTLE BEACH - Carvers Bay is used to winning on the court, as proven as recently as last season with a Lower State Finals appearance. However, after losing nine players from that squad this year, things began slowly, but are starting to progress.
"I feel like we're getting better with every game, defensive-wise or offensive-wise," said Bears senior Darius Williams. "So hopefully by region (play) or the playoffs, we'll be ok."
Darius Williams expects to do his part to make sure that happens since he spent much of last year learning during that postseason run.
"Leadership," he explained. "I learned what it's supposed to be like keeping them in line and to be a leader."
"One of the big things is we only have two seniors," head coach Jeff Mezzatesta pointed out, both Williams and Chris Carter. "And that's a lot to put on them because a lot of people are looking at them expecting this team to be our Lower State team."
But Williams and Carter expect that type of attitude from their teammates when it comes to taking the court.
"We really have a lot of young kids, so I really have to take over this year," said Williams.
"We have an eighth grader starting, we have a ton of sophomores, we have two juniors...we're just so young," said Mezzatesta. "And the way these kids have just blossomed, these seniors, it just says a lot about them and their character."