It has been admittedly a tough week for the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears.
For the second time in the conference schedule, the Lady Bears played Little Rock Christian and Pulaski Academy back to back. For the second time in the conference schedule they lost both games.
But head coach Harold Treadway looks at the two games in different context.
"We didn’t play well against Little Rock Christian," Treadway said. "That’s about all you can say."
Against the Lady Bruins, however, Treadway came away with some encouragement. While beating a team that is unbeaten in the 5A-Central in such mature portion of the schedule is a daunting task, the Lady Bears showed something in the match.
Treadway found a Winston Churchill quote that said, "Never, never, never, never give up."
"They went out and played the best game they’ve ever played," Treadway said.
They won 25-22, and were up on the Lady Bruins 11-4 early in the set.
The Lady Bears then found themselves in a fight in set two. The Bruins went ahead for the first time in the match 17-16. From there it was back and forth until PA found themselves on the top end of a 25-22.
Game three was a blowout at 25-12.
After that the players held their own huddle away from the coach.
"I knew this was one time that a lot of instruction from me wasn’t going to do any good," Treadway said. "They’ve got it figured out."
He stepped in and told them to play with the emotion of the enthusiasm of the first game. They played well but came up short 25-20.
The Lady Bears have three games left, two more in league and their finale against Conway St. Joe. Then it’s on to Alma for the state tournament.
A parent consoled Treadway after the loss.
"A parent came up to me and said it was a moral victory," Treadway said.
Though Treadway could see some signs of life in his team, he’d prefer real victories.
"It’s time to start to climb again," Treadway said of his team’s final two matches against North Pulaski and Jacksonville.
Treadway hopes the first rung of that climb happened last Tuesday.