Beginning today, North Pulaski is playing three contests in a row at the Beebe tournament. The Falcons may not know what to do with themselves.
Games have been scarce for the Falcons (2-3). They suffered a 60-22 loss to Malvern on Nov. 27 and didn’t have another contest until December 14 when they lost to Lonoke, 62-52. That 17-day layoff was excruciating for North Pulaski.
"They are pumped and ready," Coach Stacy Dalmut said. "Every day they say how they can’t wait to get to the court. This will be very good for us."
Because of finals last week, practices were shorter than normal. However, Dalmut said the intensity was upped and the girls liked her new drills. They had a break for Christmas and returned to practice yesterday.
"We would do a drill and then run, do a drill and run," Dalmut said. "They loved it."
North Pulaski faces Little Rock Mills at 4 p.m. today. They’ll follow with games tomorrow and Saturday. Dalmut knows Mills will be tough as will host Beebe. The Falcons could also meet Lonoke again.
Mainly, North Pulaski just needs to play games and will use the tournament to work on it defensive pressure and also to incorporate some new offensive plays. Whether that happens depends on what the other teams throw at the Falcons.
Another thing they will adjust to is playing without senior post Khaleah Rhodes (6-1), who injured her knee in practice three weeks. She had surgery last Friday to repair a torn meniscus and started therapy this week. The hope is that she will return at the end of January, but her height will be missed.
"We could throw the ball up to her, and she would get it and shoot," Dalmut said. "I was encouraged by freshman Raigen Thomas’ double-double last week. Cathy (Waylan, senior post) needs to step up and make her shot, and the other post players also need to step up."