What does a team with nearly two weeks off between games do?
Practice, of course.
North Little Rock girls’ head coach Darryl Fimple is taking his 9-4 Lady Charging Wildcats somewhere they haven’t been but once this season in Friday’s conference opener against Cabot.
The Lady Cats have been to Mount St. Mary, Murfreesboro, and Mountain Home in tournament play in the nonconference with just one home game.
The Cabot Lady Panthers account for one of North Little Rock’s nine wins on the season, and Fimple said the Lady Panthers are a young group, which seems to be representative of the majority of the 7A/6A-East.
"It’s a young league," Fimple said, "so it’s hard to really get a handle on how things will shake out, mostly because of the youth and the travel."
One thing is certain, and that is that the Little Rock Central Lady Tigers could be as good as they were last year when they won 13 conference games against just one loss. Fimple also said West Memphis should be tough as well.
"I think that’s going to be a huge trap game for us," Fimple said. "That’s always a tough place to play, but they are good, too."
So what Fimple has done in the two weeks they have had off is practice, but they’ve also been able to do things they wouldn’t have been able to do if they had games to play.
"We have watched a lot of film," Fimple said. "We’ve been able to work on some things, get some things fixed."
Individual drills as well as some healing have been accomplished as well during the break.
"We’ve had some girls injured," Fimple said, "and some have been sick. There would have been some that couldn’t play if we had a game this past week."
Two weeks off won’t happen again. Starting Friday, the Lady Charging Wildcats will begin the grind of two games per week.
The real season starts now.