If you have taken in a Sylvan Hills Lady Bears basketball game this season, you know that the program has come upon some hard times.
After one of the most embarrassing losses in head coach Shelly Davis’ career in the state tournament last season, things have seemed to have snowballed a bit.
Davis has not only lost starters to graduation, the Lady Bears have suffered some preseason and in-season attrition. Some due to moves out of the district, some due to discipline.
Such attrition has dealt a huge blow to the depth of this team. In a game last week, Davis could only suit up six players. It’s hard to win in the 5A-Central with a full roster, let alone a half of one.
Davis has the pedigree to build a state championship-winning program. She did it at Morrilton while coaching one of the nations’ top players at the time.
The initial advice for Lady Bears’ fans would obviously to be patient. There is talent on this team and reinforcements exist in the freshman class.
But the truth is that there is still a conference schedule still to be played. This team may or may not win another game. They are young, inexperienced and not deep at all.
That lack of depth is the most glaring of the weaknesses this team has to go along with the lack of size. When a team has so many shortcomings as this team does, they have to hustle their way out.
Make the plays they can control. Rebound, dive on the floor for loose balls, and give lights out effort on defense.
Whether or not that translates into immediate wins is yet to be seen.