The Watson Chapel Wildcats (6-7) are set to take part in The First Arkansas Bell Bonds Invitational Tournament in Mountain Home today through Friday.
The Wildcats are apart of an eight-team pool that includes Mountain Home, Rose Bud, Batesville, Paragould, Brinkley, Farmington and Hamburg.
The Wildcats are coming off a split in games against Little Rock McClellan and Benton. Wildcats Head Coach Marcelle Goins wants to use this as a bonding trip for his guys before they get back into their stretch of meaningful games.
"Looking into it, we want to go and win it," Goins said. "Most importantly is getting back into the swing of things and getting ready for conference play. We're using this time to get away as a team and bond away from Pine Bluff."
The guys have been off since last Thursday, and Goins said that on Tuesday, everybody came back upbeat and ready to take care of business for their long stretch ahead.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Willie Webster has progressed well as of late. Webster has been a threat for the Wildcats on offense, and coming into the season, Goins expected him to be more of a defensive contributor. Getting Willie Vaughn healthy is a steady process, and that'll be key as the competition gets tougher.
"We're still getting Vaughn healthy, and that's been important as we get into conference play," Goins said. "We want to keep shooting it well. Willie Webster has been a big plus since he didn't get a chance to play last year. He can be a guy for us. He's been leading us in scoring lately, and we need him to turn it up on defense in order to have a much more balanced game."
Watson Chapel faces off with Batesville (1-9) at 10 a.m. today, and with a win, they'll advance in the winners' bracket.