Prior to the weather wreaking havoc and cancelling several of Academics Plus’ games last, week the Lady Falcons were able to end on a positive note.
Last Tuesday, Academics Plus (2-7, 1-3 1A-5) defeated Lisa Academy West, 51-21. After losing several close games and also some by large margins, the victory was welcome.
"We needed some good stuff to happen," Coach Ken Holland said. "We had a couple of close games and also some blowouts. It was good for us to get a blowout."
Junior Lisa Goodwin led the Lady Falcons with 20 points. Senior Kelly Hough chipped in nine points, sophomore Baily Kirby added eight and junior Sally Sweere contributed seven. The last two players came off the bench.
Holland said the girls were really up for this contest. It showed as he said they had several steals and also were able to pick up the slack when Goodwin was out. The other thing he liked was the Lady Falcons were shooting four to five times on a possession which means they were boxing out and getting the rebound.
"We got to press a lot, and this was a game where we had success doing that," Holland said. "The girls knew who Lisa Academy was better than I did. They kept believing in themselves, and it was really awesome."
Academics Plus was supposed to have a conference game with Nemo Vista last night, but that game was postponed because of the weather and Nemo Vista was not in school. A conference home matchup with Wonderview last Friday has been rescheduled for Feb. 3. The Lady Falcons play in the Conway Christian tournament today and could have more games. They are scheduled to travel to Sacred Heart in Morrilton on Friday for a conference contest.
Holland is hoping the euphoria from last Tuesday’s victory can carry over into this week.
"I’ve got to them in the mindset they can compete in this league and get them to believe they can do it," Holland said. "At the same time, we are a young team. This week is a good run for us. The more we play the more we have a chance to compete and get better."