After not practicing during the Christmas break, Academics Plus Coach Ken Holland was anxious to see how the Lady Falcons responded to two conference matchups this week.

Last night, the Lady Falcons (2-11, 1-5 1A-5) hosted Guy-Perkins. The key in that matchup was defending the 3-point shot as Guy-Perkins likes to shoot the trey. Holland’s plan was to play man defense and even keep two of this normal players from rebounding so they lady Falcons could defend the three-point basket better. In the first meeting, Academics Plus lost 66-39. On Friday, they host KIPP Delta.

"The kids seemed to be nervous about Guy-Perkins, but feel better about KIPP," Holland said. "They are up for KIPP all ready and sensed the last time they could beat them."

In the first meeting, Academics Plus lost 65-53, but the Lady Falcons played with KIPP Delta. In the second half, they outscored KIPP by 10 points. The first half was the downfall.

"That’s been our trend to not play well off the bat," Holland said. "We’ve got to put two halves together. The only time we did that was against Lisa West."

Two victories this week would really help in Academics’ Plus quest for a better seeding in the district tournament. Definitely, Holland said the Lady Falcons need to beat KIPP Delta. A win Friday could move Academics Plus from seventh to fifth in the conference.

"We need to close enough to compete for the fourth spot," Holland said. "We need to build some wins and confidence toward the district tournament."