The Sacred Heart boys basketball team has a busy few days ahead of it.
Today the Gremlins face Tipton in a Kaysinger Conference matchup. On Monday they open the Slater Tournament. In between those games they have another one, Sunday against Versailles at Missouri Arena in Columbia.
”Not ideal, but we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to play at our state college,” said Sacred Heart coach Steve Goodwin. “What a great opportunity for our school and for Sedalia.”
Sacred Heart played at Mizzou in 2008, beating Braymer 65-47.
“It was nice to get an opportunity,” Goodwin said. “I remember the kids were really excited about going up there.”
This year the Gremlins were invited back for the 21st annual MFA Oil/ Break Time Shootout, which is a fundraiser for the Show-Me State Games. The Gremlins play in the first game of the day at 11 a.m. Father Tolton will face Iberia at 12:40 p.m. followed by Hickman and Hazelwood at 2:20, Fatima and Hermann in girls basketball at 4 p.m., Helias against Warrensburg at 5:40 p.m. and Salisbury against Cairo at 7:20 p.m.
This year Versailles is 9-4 including a win over Cole Camp.
”Good guards, good coach, their posts are really strong and tough inside,” Goodwin said. “They handle the ball well, they’re very fast. I don’t think a shot clock will be needed.”
The college court is longer, 94 feet instead of 84, but the Gremlins have played on a longer floor before, most recently when they beat Santa Fe at the W-K Shootout last weekend at State Fair.
”It’s the same size floor as State Fair, it’s the same size floor as St. Paul, it’s the same size floor as Northwest,” Goodwin said. “It’s not going to effect us either way. We’re just going to play our game.”
The Gremlins will also have to shoot against a different background, with seats behind the baskets instead of a wall.
”We’re not going to think about it,” Goodwin said. “The goal is up there and we’ll find it. You can’t think of the negative things.”
On Sunday the Gremlins will take a moment to take it all in as they get to the arena, but once 11 a.m. rolls around, their minds will focus on the task ahead of them.
“What kid in Sedalia wouldn’t want to play in Mizzou Arena?” Goodwin said. “I think it’s really cool that our kids get to do that. It’s good for the school and hopefully we can play a really good basketball game.”