Unfortunately, North Pulaski has an abundance of time to practice for its next contest.

After losing to Malvern last Tuesday (Nov. 27), the Falcons (2-2) don’t have a scheduled contest until Friday, Dec. 14 when they host Lonoke.

"It’s killing me and killing the girls," North Pulaski Coach Stacy Dalmut said. "This is what was left for me from last year. I’m trying to find some games, but it is tough."

A 17-day layoff is not good when now is the time the coaches use games to fine-tune, improve and correct before conference play begins in January. North Pulaski does have two junior varsity games scheduled against Watson Chapel and White Hall. Dalmut says she can play her girls who don’t get much varsity time, but that still leaves the varsity girls without game competition. Dalmut is trying to find someone else to play and is hoping Conway Christian can accommodate the Falcons on Dec. 11.

In the meantime, North Pulaski keeps practicing. Plans are to get the middle school involved in practices and to scrimmage the 9th grade boys.

Particularly, Dalmut wants to work on defense, and it needs to generally get better. Specifically, the girls need to improve on the traps.

"Offensively, we can put in some more plays and fine-tune what we have," Dalmut said. "We put one in right before we played Malvern, but weren’t confident enough to run it."

North Pulaski lost to Malvern, 60-22. Not exactly a great way to start a 17-day layoff, but the Falcons took some positives from the game.

"They were way above us," Dalmut said. "We try to look at all the positives, and we did score more against them than what we would have last year."

Dalmut noted senior forward Cathy Waylan did shoot the ball better and also was glad that senior post Talisha Nation finally came alive.

Despite the obstacles, Dalmut is enjoying guiding the Falcons and sees them working hard. She says that is why she took the head coaching position.