The cliché is, “The season is a marathon, not a sprint.” In high school basketball, sometimes a week is a marathon!
The Lady Jackets, who lost 46-30 at East View in Georgetown, Nov. 26, journeyed to Ballinger for six more games between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1. The Globetrotters don’t play that much.
“We got tired,” Cierra Jordan admitted, “but this gets you ready for district,” which begins in January.
Merkel 71, LHS 28
“They’re stout,” head coach Daryl Friedrich said in a quick analysis of the Badgers. “It was deer-in-the-headlights for us. We were better in the second half, and the girls felt better about themselves.”
Jordan scored 16 against Merkel to initiate an All-Tournament run that saw her tally 102 points, a most-impressive 17-a-game average.
LHS 53, Abilene JV 44
“We had a 14-point lead dwindle to three by half,” Friedrich recalled, “but we gutted through it.”
Jordan had 19, with three three-point field goals as a foundation. “I’ve been working on my shot,” and the threes “are starting to fall. My shot is smoother.”
LHS 52, Hawley 50
It wasn’t quite that close. Llano built a 35-21 advantage at intermission; the Bearcats were down by five when they hit a three at the buzzer.
“We worked on a new defense,” the coach declared. “We were trapping, sort of putting in a zone with man-to-man principles.”
19 more for CJ.
Clyde 49, LHS 40
“This one was rough—46 fouls. Both teams got after it. Not a lot of love lost,” said Friedrich.
Ballinger 36, LHS 25
Jordan had a dozen points in this Dec. 1 opener of a third consecutive doubleheader day. “The girls are helping out on plays,” she noted, “and everyone’s working on improving.”
The mentor worked on his halftime address, as the Jackets went scoreless in the second quarter.
“There’s no excuse not to score,” Friedrich insisted. “Oh, yes sir, I let ‘em have it a little bit at the half. The clipboard took the brunt of the damage.”
Sweetwater 31, LHS 29
In a better mood, the coach observed: “If there’s a good loss, this was it. We were patient on offense; that’s why the score was so low.”
Cierra wrapped up her stay in Ballinger with 18 points.
“We need the girls to gain confidence,” Friedrich asserted. “There are some I want to put poker chips on their shoulders and dare someone to knock them off.
“We want them to have an attitude of ‘if they get beat, they get mad.’ We don’t have that yet; we need it; we’ll find it somehow.”