Enduring a tough non-conference schedule, North Pulaski is ready to see if it is prepared for 5A-Central conference as play begins tomorrow at West Helena.

The Falcons (6-5) played in a shortened tournament at Camden Fairview last week. With the first day of competition last Wednesday cancelled because of the weather, North Pulaski was able to play two games in the consolation bracket. The Falcons soundly defeated Lafayette County and lost to Magnolia, 45-30.

"I told them to put us in the consolation bracket," North Pulaski Coach Roy Jackson said. "I just wanted to play. Against Lafayette County, we played pretty good, but they were young and inexperienced. We weren’t too good in the second game. It was good to get a chance to play."

Entering conference play with a loss is not what Jackson would like, but nonetheless he is excited to start the round-robin competition. Non-conference games were up and down for the Falcons, and they lost some games they had chances to win.

"It will be tough with our first conference game on the road," he said. "Once you get into conference play, teams slow down. It is tougher as more is on the line. More than anything, it is a mental thing, and we’ll see how we react."

Jackson knows the key in conference is to win at home and take a few games on the road. In particular, North Pulaski needs to make sure it executes its offense, rebounds and cut down on the turnovers and little mistakes. The Falcons practiced Monday, took Tuesday off and practiced Wednesday and today to fully prepare for West Helena. However, some of the guys went to the gym for a shoot around Tuesday evening.

"I have some gym rats," Jackson said. "They wanted me to open the gym up on Tuesday to come in and shoot."