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SYLVAN HILLS GIRLS Bears split on the week as Jacksonville looms

Despite winning one and losing one this week, Sylvan Hills Lady Bears’ head coach Shelly Davis is wearing a bit of frustration.

Not that her team isn’t getting good results, or that her team isn’t putting wins on the record, it’s more of the way the Lady Bears are playing.

At this point, it’s shot selection. The Lady Bears seem to be, according to Davis, in love with the three-point shot.

“We’d rather take a 50-footer when they are giving us a five,” Davis said. “Shot selection is huge for us.”

In fairness, the Lady Bears are young and likely the victim of that youth, but Davis knows that if they are going to beat the likes of Little Rock Christian, and Jacksonville, they can’t play with that type of mentality.

“We have to grow up a little bit,” Davis said. “We are 4-1, but that’s not the whole story.”

With a young team that Davis is fielding, it’s understandable that they would have a few growing pains, but the meat of the schedule is upon them.

Wednesday was the second of back-to-back games making up a winter interrupted conference game at Little Rock Christian last Tuesday. Then on Friday, the Lady Bears will face Jacksonville, the top team in the conference.

So what Davis has to do in very little time is drive home the fact that their shot selection has to get better.

“We have to do better against better teams,” Davis said. “We have to make smarter decisions against those better teams that we are going to face.”

Not only do they have a tough 5A-Central slate, if and when the Lady Bears get to Pine Bluff for the state tournament, they will face much tougher teams from around the state as well such as Beebe, Vilonia, Nettleton and Paragould.

The Lady Bears have the talent to make some noise. Davis just needs a little more maturity to go along with it.

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