Finally, the Academics Plus Lady Falcons got a much-needed win.
Last Tuesday, the Lady Falcons (2-15, 2-9 1A-5) defeated Lisa West Academy, 54-27. After suffering lopsided defeats over the past couple of weeks, turning the tables was enjoyable for Academics Plus.
Everybody got to play, and we were finally on the good end," Academics Plus Coach Ken Holland said. "Pretty much throughout we were ahead by 15-16 points. We did really well, and I didn’t press them for three quarters like Wonderview did us."
Junior Lisa Goodwin paced the Lady Falcons with 19 points. Senior Kelly Hough added 11 points while junior Sally Sweere finished with eight.
Last Thursday, Academics Plus traveled to Wonderview and suffered a 71-33 conference loss. Holland’s plan was to double team Wonderview’s big girl, and she only scored eight points. However, a couple of guards picked up the slack and made their shots from the outside. Holland said Wonderview was too much for the Lady Falcons at the end. Goodwin finished with 16 points.
"Lisa was hard for them to handle," Holland said. "They double and tripled team her, and Wonderview’s coach said she could start for him."
In a non-conference contest last Friday, the Lady Falcons were on the end of a 64-39 setback. One thing Holland was pleased with was how hard his team played.
"Conway Christian’s coach said my goodness your kids played hard," Holland said. "He said it was the hardest the girls have played since he’s coached against Academics Plus. We aren’t the most talented, but we play hard."
This week, the Lady Falcons have their work cut out for them with a conference matchup at Nemo Vista last night and a home game with Sacred Heart on Friday. In the first meetings, Academics Plus lost both games. Even though, the Lady Falcons will play in the district tournament, Holland knows his team lacks the talent and cohesiveness of the other conference teams. So, he is using this time to also prepare for next season.
"We are starting to run a 1-3-1 defense because we have to cover the wings better," Holland said. "I’m also trying to get Lisa to rely on her teammates more. She wants to try and do everything. She needs to do better of finding the open players and letting them take the easy shots."