The Salt Fork Storm have a slightly different look this year.

Despite what the roster in the program might say, coach Beau Fretueg admits that in reality he’s playing with five guards.

But as long as they can run the floor and shooters like Jared Jones can continue to have nights like he did Tuesday in the Storm’s 61-54 win over the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes, Fretueg isn’t worried about being outsized.

Jones got Salt Fork (5-0 overall, 1-0 in the Vermilion Valley Conference) off to a promising start draining three 3-pointers in the first quarter scoring 11 of his game-high 24 points and things were looking good for the Storm.

But the Buffaloes outscored the Storm 16-6 in the second quarter and scored 14 unanswered points to knot things up at halftime.

“We came out hot,” said Jones. “Everything was dropping, it seemed like. Then all of the sudden it went cold and we got ahead of ourselves and they started pounding it down low. We’re a much smaller team so we had to use our quickness to our advantage and just hope they don’t try to pound it down low on us.”

Georgetown-Ridge Farm (1-5, 0-1) coach Brad Russell said that despite having a young team with little experience at the varsity level, the Buffaloes have adopted a mentality that will lead to success down the road.

“Our attitude is never die, never quit, continue to fight,” said Russell. “They kind of make fun of me. I talk about getting in the fox hole with one another and covering each other’s back. We got off to a slow start but we didn’t quit. I think it would have been easy to quit. They were hitting outside shots right and left. We could have laid down and quit but this group’s not going to.

“We have the mentality that we’re going to get in the fox hole with one another and we’re going to cover each other’s back.”

Georgetown-Ridge Farm senior John Fermon scored 14 of his team-high 23 points in the third quarter to help keep the Buffaloes within striking distance.

While Fermon controlled the game down low racking up a total of 13 boards the Storm said defense and consistency have been their downfall so far this


“He’s their best player and he’s key to that team,” Jones said of Fermon. “He was just banging us around and we didn’t have anyone to stop him. We tried double-teaming him and didn’t have anyone really big enough to slow him down.

“It seems like we come out hot and no one is really ready for our speed so they have to get adjusted to it. In that second half they come back ready for it so then we have to slow down. I think we slow down too much at times instead of keeping going. It’s just something we have to learn in practice.”

“We come on and we have runs and then we are really quick about giving those back up,” said Fretueg. “That’s kind of what we’ve seen. If we can keep the consistency of playing at that level — and that’s what I was telling the boys — if they play at that level there’s not a team that can really stay with their speed.

“Obviously, this is early in the season but hopefully by the end we will be more of a consistent team and able to play to our level. I think we can do much better than what we did tonight.”

Rob Foley and Bryn Eakle each scored 12 points for the Storm. Jon Knoll and Jones had five and six rebounds respectively and Kyle Koerting led the team with seven. Foley and Jones also had four steals each.

Trenton Reed was the only other player for the Buffaloes to reach double figures in points with 15. Andrew Pratt grabbed nine boards and Tyler Cunningham finished with six.

The win keeps the Storm’s record perfect while the Buffaloes, according to Fermon, are still in their football bodies after making it to the third round of the Class 2A football playoffs.

“We’re still in kind of football shape but we’ve been practicing really hard the last 11 practices that we’ve had,” said Fermon. “We played a really good game for just not having enough time to play with each other. I think later on in the season we’ll be a team to beat.”

The Buffaloes will play at Milford on Friday while the Storm host the Chrisman Cardinals.

Both varsity matchups are scheduled to start following the 6 p.m. junior varsity games.