Now that the 1A-5 regular season is over, Academics Plus Coach Ken Holland is using all this week to prepare the Lady Falcons for their district tournament game next week.
Academics Plus (3-19, 2-12) finished the regular season last Wednesday with a 71-33 loss at Mount Vernon-Enola. At one point, the Lady Falcons owned a 7-4 lead, but that changed after Holland received a technical foul.
“We started out playing good until I received my technical,” Holland said. “It was kind of funny, and I didn’t say too much. Lisa (Goodwin) was fouled, and I said she got hammered. The ref said it wasn’t a foul, and I said it looked like it. I don’t know what happened in the junior high game, but something happened to set him off.”
After that technical, Mount Vernon-Enola went on an 11-0 run that Academics Plus couldn’t overcome. The Lady Falcons couldn’t overtake the 15-7 lead, and that set the tone for the rest of the game. Goodwin finished with 17 points and sophomore Bailey Kirby added 11 points which included three 3-point baskets.
“We came out pumped up at the beginning,” Holland said. “After the run, we could never get closer than 19 or 20 points.”
Academics Plus plays a non-conference tune-up Friday at Riverview before a 7 p.m. meeting Monday with KIPP Delta in the first round of the 1A-5 district tournament. Not worried about Riverview, Holland is using this whole week to prepare for KIPP. In particular, he is working on getting Goodwin free as he expects KIPP to play a box and one of her.
“We are working on screens and ways to free her up and get her to the basket,” Holland said. “We also need some other kids to spot up and shoot. It’s been good to have a week to work on things and do some shooting drills.”
One thing the Lady Falcons have is hope. They believe they can beat KIPP Delta, and that is a good place for them to be in to make a run in the tournament.
“They do feel like they can play with KIPP,” Holland said. “If it was Wonderview or Mt. Vernon, they would be deflated. They believe they have a chance. Whether we win or not depends on how they play. We’ll see what happens.”