North Pulaski Coach Stacy Dalmut is trying to figure how to get her Lady Falcons to start off a game more energetic instead of lethargic.

A slow first-half start was too much to overcome as the Lady Falcons (3-7, 0-1 5A-Central) lost to West Helena, 55-49, last Tuesday. Friday, North Pulaski travels to Pulaski Academy.

"I thought we came out sluggish, and we have been doing that past few games," Dalmut said. "We fought back and got to within one, but our shots weren’t falling."

After losing three games in a holiday tournament at Mountain Home, Dalmut was hoping for a win. One thing Dalmut said North Pulaski has been lacking the last couple of practices is not having all her players present because of doctors’ appointments and other legitimate reasons. She thinks once all her players are back, and when senior Jolisha Baker can go full steam after a knee injury, things will get better.

"We talked about upping the intensity at practice once everyone was there," Dalmut said. "Obviously, we have to do something."

Three players reached double figures with sophomore Kiarra Evans leading the trio with 17 points. Junior Ilycia Carter and sophomore Raigen Thomas added 11.

One thing Dalmut is happy about is this year’s team fights back after falling behind. Last year, once the Lady Falcons fell behind they were through. Even with a group of freshmen, they battle but sometimes fall short.

"The shots just weren’t falling for the freshmen," Dalmut said. "We did get to work a lot on our press which is good."

Dalmut knows Pulaski Academy will be a battle and just wants her Lady Falcons to play their game. Even if they go 0-2 this week in conference play, they are still in good shape to grab a state playoff berth. They just need to make sure they defeat the teams they should beat.