Herndon basketball coach Gary Hall entered the season confident that his team would score a lot of points, but he was concerned the 11th-ranked Hornets might struggle to meld together as a team. Four games into the season, however, Hall is no longer worried.
Herndon has posted impressive victories over Langley, Madison, Robinson and McLean, winning by an average of 37 points. But what is more important to Hall is the fact that four players -- Ricky Lucas, Brad Farrell, Jordan Short and Scott Reynolds -- are scoring in double figures.
"I knew we would be able to score, but the thing that has pleased me most is that, even though we have some talented players, they are sharing the ball," Hall said. "We're playing very well as a team. No one is concerned about individual numbers, and that's very important if we are going to reach our goals."
After Lucas, a 6-foot-5 guard who will attend George Washington next season, transferred to Herndon from Montrose Christian, many Northern Virginia coaches saw the Hornets as the preseason favorite to win the region. And even though Lucas is averaging 23.5 points per game, his teammates have proven the Hornets are not a one-man show.
Farrell, a 6-5 junior and Lucas's back-court partner, is averaging 17.8 points per game. Short and Reynolds are also pitching in, averaging 15.7 and 13 points, respectively.
"Our goal this season is to win the region and the state championship," Hall said. "But to get in the position to accomplish those goals, we have to continue to do things we've been doing. Like I keep telling the players, we're not working hard in practice for games in December, we are working hard for games in March."
Herndon will have a much better idea of how good it really is after Friday's meeting with AAA Concorde District opponent South Lakes (3-0), which is ranked 19th by The Post.