The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears seem to be suffering through a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde issue as of late.
A perfect example would be three games played over the last week including a pair of blowout double header wins and a shutout loss to a 5A-West Morrilton team that is struggling for it’s postseason life.
Coach Justine Gladden said focus seems to be the issue.
“Sometimes they just aren’t the same team in warm-ups,” Gladden said.
The Lady Bears took care of Little Rock McClellan 15-0 and 17-0, but could not muster a run in a 3-0 loss to Morrilton.
“We just didn’t show up,” Gladden said. “Their pitcher wasn’t overly fast, but she had a lot of movement on her ball.”
Gladden said that it’s her team’s focus against good teams, and it’s something that will have to get fixed before state tournament.
“We evaluate them after every game,” Gladden said. “We tell them, if they have a bad game, what they are doing wrong, and how they can get better. We tell them what we expect of them.”
Problem is for Gladden is what can’t be taught is the heart and desire it takes to win.
Weather has not been kind in recent weeks, so reps have been an issue as well. As the conference schedule winds down, the Lady Bears do have another off schedule game set against Jacksonville, a team that the Lady Bears have beaten twice already.
The Lady Bears are going into the state tournament very soon, and need all of the game experience they can get.