If there is one ingredient that Sylvan Hills Lady Bears’ coach Shelly Davis says is missing from her 2013-14 basketball team, it is maturity.
The Lady Bears already have a few games under their belt including a win at home over Newport and participation this week in the Mount St. Mary’s Tournament sandwiched around Tuesday’s Blue-White scrimmage.
Davis said getting her team to mesh is job one this early in the season.
“They haven’t been together,” Davis said. “A lot of them are new. We have some sophomores that I brought up to play in the state tournament as freshmen, and they just haven’t been able to gel yet.”
Davis lost her two projected starting guards, but has some talent to infuse, but that talent is inexperienced.
The issue of team chemistry is due in large part to the fact that a majority of the Lady Bears are coming over from a state tournament volleyball team. Waiting on a sport to end to get the majority of her players is something that Davis admitted is a bit new to her.
“I’ve never had to deal with not having them to practice so late,” Davis said. “Coach (Harold) Treadway was good to let me have them through school for 40 minutes a day.”
That amount of time is clearly not enough to be able to work through some off-season issues, and build team unity. That task will have to be accomplished on the fly as the season is underway.
Davis will achieve that by playing as many games as she is allowed before the conference season gets under way in January.
But, as Davis said as well, winning games cures the ails of a young team.
“We’ll get it together,” Davis said, “and winning games will certainly help.”