LAKE GEORGE - A measuring tape appeared recently on the wall of the gym under the west basket in the Lake George High School gymnasium.
Before a scrimmage against Granville Monday, several of the school's Varsity Boys Basketball players stood against the tape and called out their height - taller than their mentors had expected.
The players had nothing to prove, however. Three players on the team can dunk the ball - Matt Stover at 6'5", Matt McGowan at 6'7+" and Alex Hladik at 6'4+" - and the coaches and fans are well aware of it.
They also fully recognize the athleticism of the team, which for decades has a tradition of competing at the top of the Adirondack League.
A third factor, however, is likely to propel Lake George back to the top this year - experience.
With a capital "E."
Lake George has no less than five starters returning to the team, and two others with solid Varsity experience.
Senior Center Matt McGowan, one of last year's standouts who is starting his third season as Center, talked Monday about that factor.
"Another year of experience means more maturity - improved decision-making like when to take the shot and when to pass it," he said.
J.D. Jenkins said the lengthy time his teammates have played together has helped develop players' synchronicity and ability to anticipate teammates' moves.
"Our chemistry is contributing to ball movement and knowing where the players are and where they're going - their style of play," he said.
McGowan, Hladik and Stover are known to be productive on both ends of the court.
Senior Forward J.D. Jenkins has a reputation of staking out his place on the court in rebounding and getting his points off the offensive glass. And Jeff Maldonado, a two-year starter, is a talented shooting guard, Assistant Coach Tim Kissane said Monday.