BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Warriors hoping to step up their game

East Ridge head coach Brody Justice said success is a pretty simple formula – play and work harder than anyone you play.

The Warriors will rely on the leadership of returners Dalton Wellman, Cameron Hess and Hunter Damron. Wellman averaged 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds and Hess averaged 13 points on last year’s 12-16 team.

Other top returners Eli Rose, Braxton Stanley, Jackson Potter and Connor Puckett.

Justice is looking for help from newcomers Isaac Woods, Jon Mills, Matt Mills, Brad Howell, Zach Mason and Gavin Riley.

Justice added his team is looking to take pride in its defense and playing an up-tempo style of basketball.

East Ridge opens its season against Grundy, Va. at home on Dec. 3.

East Ridge schedule

Dec. 3              Grundy, Va.                Home

Dec. 5              Pike Central                Home

Dec. 10            Belfry                          Away

Dec. 12            Pikeville                      Away

Dec. 14            Prestonsburg               Home

Dec. 17            Grundy, Va.                Away

Dec. 18            Piarist School              Home

Dec. 20-22      Derby Classic at Raceland

Dec. 28            Hyden Citizen’s Bank Classic

Harlan County at Leslie County H.S.

Jan. 3               Jenkins                        Away

Jan. 6               Magoffin County        Away

Jan. 9               Shelby Valley             Home

Jan. 11             Hatfield/McCoy Shootout

TBA at Williamson Fieldhouse

Jan. 13             Floyd Central              Home

Jan. 15             15th Region All ‘A’ Classic

Paintsville at Appy Wireless Arena

Jan .20             Martin County            Away

Jan. 23             Johnson Central          Home

Jan. 28             Jenkins                        Home

Jan. 30             Phelps                          Away

Feb. 1              Shelby Valley               Away

Feb. 4              Letcher Central           Away

Feb. 6              Prestonsburg               Away

Feb. 10            Pikeville                       Home

Feb. 13            Pike Central                Away

Feb. 14            Piarist School              Home

Feb. 15            Magoffin County        Home

Feb. 18            Belfry                           Home

Feb. 20            Betsy Layne                Away