It's still early in the summer season so it may be to soon to tell, but the North Callaway boys basketball program appears to be headed in the right direction after going 2-2 at the Sturgeon Shootout on Thursday.

"I like to give the guys the freedom to be basketball players and just play the game and that's what I saw today, basketball players making basketball plays," said head coach Mathias Miller. "I just want to gauge how competitive they are, how hard they go after it."

For this event the Thunderbirds brought a 10-man crew that included Gabe Cash and Tanner Pezold. While Father Tolton and the host Bulldogs were just two of their four opponents, this trip was originally supposed to consist of just three games. That changed when another team didn't show up and Miller jumped on the opportunity to compete one more time.

"Fatigue was definitely a factor in our final two games. Some guys handle it better than others, but for being such a hot Thursday afternoon these guys did alright," Miller said. "They played four games in five hours. We're not in midseason condition just yet, but we're moving in the right direction."

The format for these scrimmages was two 15-minute halves. Even though this team put in all that work they must have been wanting for more because Miller has them returning to Sturgeon to play in another shootout on Friday.

"Our shooting was a strength tonight. We talked about things like better shot selection and ball security and that's what we did," said Miller. "Ou offense is definitely ahead of our defense. We'll continue to work on both this summer so we're ready come time for the season."