After a 10-day layoff, North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson was anxious to see how his Falcons responded last night against Hot Springs in the Conway Tournament.

Going into the matchup, Jackson didn’t know a lot about Hot Springs and was looking forward to the Falcons (3-1 going into Wednesday’s game) responding to what unfolded. North Pulaski was supposed to travel to Lonoke last Friday, but that game was cancelled due to the weather. Plus, the Falcons missed several days of practice because of school being not being in session.

"We need play and get our legs back into shape of running up and down," Jackson said. "This is a good tournament for us to find out what we need to work on."

After Wednesday when North Pulaski played depended on what happened that night. The tournament continues through Saturday. Of course, Jackson would like to win the tournament, but more importantly feels he can use the competition to gauge his team.

"This tournament (because of the competition) will be like being in the playoffs," Jackson said. "It will be a good barometer to see where we are and also give me a measure of the season."

Particularly, Jackson wants to see improvement on defense. The Falcons need to be a better job of getting back and also limiting runs. In a Nov. 26 contest against Bryant, North Pulaski let a double-digit slip away and allowed the Hornets to tie the game before erupting on a 33-14 run to end the game. Jackson runs drills in practice so the Falcons can get used to knowing what to do at the end of a contest.

"We run four-minute drills for different situations," Jackson said. "We run them for what to do when we are up and when we are down."