Cats hope to find spark against young Eudora team
Given the disappointment of the De Soto girls basketball team's last game before winter break, some time off was probably best.
The rest appears to have been just what the team needed, coach Dwight Spencer said.
The Wildcats, who last saw action in a 64-39 loss to Tonganoxie, have been practicing. They've been scrimmaging. They've been working, and they've been having fun, Spencer said.
"It's been nice over Christmas," he said. "We had everyone here except one girl who got stranded in Colorado."
The team spent the first few days after Christmas scrimmaging against DHS alumni who were back in town. After that, the team went back to regular practices in preparation for the most important stretch of the season.
De Soto kicks off 2007 at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home against Kansas Highway 10 rival Eudora.
"The kids had fun and got some conditioning back, then the last couple of days we had some more structured practices," Spencer said. "They're in pretty good spirits. I don't know if that's a great thing or not."
High spirits will definitely be a great thing if the Cats can get past the Cardinals.
Eudora plays a young roster and is without most of its leading scorers from a year ago. The Cards lost their first two games of the season, but have since been able to balance their record at 3-3.
It'll no doubt make for a challenge, Spencer said.
"They're young, but they're a good, well-coached team," he said. "They're not real big, so hopefully we can get the ball into Jackie (Goleman) and get her going a little bit.
"It'll be a tough game."
Spencer said Goleman could be primed for a breakout game this season. De Soto's leading scorer a year ago, the senior center was slowed by a groin injury early in the season, but is back to 100 percent again.
"She hasn't had any problems in the last couple of practices," Spencer said. "Hopefully we can get her the ball in the position where she can do something with it."