The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears are in a unique position. Despite Tuesday’s postponement at Little Rock Christian, the Lady Bears are on an upswing.
At 3-0 in the 5A-Central, they are in position to make some early noise in their league and get a jump on what is considered a wide-open race for second place behind Jacksonville.
After last Friday’s big win over Helena-West Helena, and games against Pulaski Academy and North Pulaski, head coach Shelly Davis finds herself in a prime spot.
“These games are huge,” Davis said.
While Sylvan Hills is considered one of the conference’s youngest teams, Little Rock Christian and PA are considered a bit down this year.
A win over the Lady Bruins, and North Pulaski on Tuesday sets up a matchup with the league’s top dog, Jacksonville.
But nothing is automatic.
Davis said her team has been a notoriously slow starter.
“I’m not sure what it is,” Davis said. “Sometimes I think we just need to start at halftime.”
Davis doesn’t worry about her team, though. She said she hasn’t considered her team out of any game this year, no matter how slow they’ve come out of the gate.
“We play hard enough,” Davis said, “that it keeps us in games. We are not the type of team to quit.”
Davis said starting slow just may be her team’s personality, and basketball maturity may be the issue they have to work through.
“We’ve got seniors on this team,” Davis said, “but they haven’t gotten a lot of playing time.”
The maturation process starts at the point guard spot where Davis said K.K. Fulton just isn’t afraid.
“She’s not scared to get in there,” Davis said. “She’s a good little soccer player, so she’s not scared to take contact.”
Fulton also isn’t afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.
“We’ve talked after a couple games about mistakes and what we’d different,” Davis said.
The learning seems to have paid dividends already with a quick unbeaten start in a very important stretch of games that will likely be the difference in going to the state tournament and staying home.