The hits just keep on coming for the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears.
After coming into the season without much depth, head coach Shelly Davis’ squad has dwindled to six players thanks to a variety of disciplinary issues that has caused her to dismiss three starters.
“We just have to keep playing,” Davis said.
Play they did, and with a little more execution, would have came home from a trip to Helena-West Helena with a win. Instead, they suffered a 60-47 loss.
“We could have won easily,” Davis said. “We just missed too many easy shots.”
Davis estimated that the Lady Bears misfired on approximately 14 layups and missed 11 from the foul line.
“Right now we just don’t have a consistent outside scorer,” Davis said.
Ashton Neasley is Davis’ top threat at the moment from the point guard position. She led the Lady Bears with 18 on Tuesday and 22 on Friday in a 57-51 loss to Little Rock Mills.
The schedule gets decidedly tougher from here with Little Rock Christian, Pulaski Academy and North Pulaski up next in the coming weeks.
At this point, Davis is not only trying to teach this team to stay together, but sees a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Lady Bears’ freshmen team has reeled off four in a row and appear to be a bright spot for the next couple of years.
With just one win on the season, Davis and the Bears could use all the good news they can get.