Because North Pulaski last played on Nov. 27 and didn’t have another scheduled contest until Friday, North Pulaski Coach Stacy Dalmut was calling and trying to find someone to compete against during the Falcons’ 17-day layoff. She didn’t have any luck, so the Falcons are so ready to host Lonoke tomorrow night.

"All we have done is practice, practice, practice," Dalmut said. "It makes me nervous to see what will happen Friday. I hope the layoff didn’t hurt us."

Some of the girls did get to play this week as junior varsity games were played against Watson Chapel on Monday on White Hall tonight. However, Khaleah Rhodes, Cathy Waylan, Sidney Silvas and Shayla Evans aren’t junior varsity players so they have not played in a game since Nov. 27 at Malvern.

Rhodes, a senior post, may not be playing tomorrow night either. She injured her knee in practice last week after she and another teammate’s legs got tangled. She is still being evaluated, and her status isn’t known for tomorrow night.

"She’s a senior, and I feel for her," Dalmut said. "Not having Kaleah will hurt us. I am hoping for good news."

After losing to Malvern, 60-22, on Nov. 27, the Falcons (2-2) have spent time fine-tuning. Specifically, they have put in two new offensive plays, and Dalmut is hoping they have the confidence to run them against Lonoke. The main thing is the girls are ready to take the court.

One positive Dalmut can take is that the Falcons are limited in practicing next week because of finals. So, North Pulaski was able to get in lots of practice, drills and learning in its 17-day layoff.