The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears are chugging right along. After finishing the first half of play in the 5A-Central with just two match losses, they stand in third place behind the usual suspects in Pulaski Academy and Little Rock Christian.
Now they can make their move.
The Lady Bears have won two of three matches this week, both of the conference games against Jacksonville and against Little Rock McClellan on Thursday. Their setback was at Greenbrier
Head coach Harold Treadway admits that his team is normally sluggish for Monday practices, and Monday’s game was no different in the 3-1 loss.
"They had Friday off," Treadway said, "with a home football game plus the weekend."
Treadway said he didn’t entertain the thought of working out on Sunday. Strategy is to get as much game experience under his team’s belt as possible before state tournament time and he’s scheduling teams that are likely state tournament contenders.
Greenbrier and Central Arkansas Christian, whom the Lady Bears play Monday, are likely playing beyond their regular season schedule.
One thing that could make things a bit problematic for the Lady Bears is the health of outside hitter Brooke Raney.
Raney hurt her shoulder against Jacksonville last Thursday. Initially, she was due to be out three to four weeks.
"When you lose a floor leader," Treadway said, "it’s like losing the quarterback of the team."
Treadway turned to a pair of sophomores on Monday in Taylor Yeoman and DaBria Thompson whom he said "did a good job".
But it wasn’t the same using inexperienced sophomores in place of his seasoned floor general.
But things turned around on Tuesday.
After her second therapy session on Tuesday, she was surprisingly cleared to play on Tuesday against McClellan.
Treadway used her, but did so sparingly after consulting with therapist and parents, Treadway put her in during game three.
"She wanted to play," Treadway said. "I was wondering how she would play, whether she would up and pull back, but she went at it full speed."
The question is how does she feel afterward, which is something Treadway will have to manage this week.
Hopefully, Raney can show no ill effects in the coming days. The Lady Bears get a shot at revenge against Little Rock Christian next week. They need her for a big win and a shot at a 5A-Central conference title.