The Spearville Lancers girls basketball team heads into the Holiday break at the end of the week with a 4-2 record, coming off a 48-41 loss via overtime to the South Gray Rebels last Friday.
It was a game the team played strong in, according to Lancers head girls basketball coach Andrew Kempke.
“We played hard that game, that was maybe the hardest we’ve played all year as a team, as a collective,” Kempke said. “We just didn’t play smart, we don’t learn from mistakes very well.”
One of the things that cost the Lady Lancers in that game was fouling too much, Kempke said.
“We put South Gray at the free-throw line 31 times,” Kempke said. “When you’re playing good teams it’s very difficult to put ‘em to the free-throw line that many times and still win.”
Defending without getting fouls, rebounding and learning from mistakes will be key areas the team works on over the break, Kempke said.
Consistency is another.
“I thought we played pretty darn well probably for about 20 minutes of the game, but then about the other 12 is where we played not smart, (and) turned the ball over way too much,” Kempke said.
The team played well at times, but would have small stretches when they would let the Rebels back into the game before playing well for stretches.
“So overall consistency is something big we need to work on as well,” Kempke said.
The Lancers boys basketball team also enters the break 4-2 after having lost to the Rebels boys basketball team.
The record, Lancers head coach Chris Sohm said, is right in the neighborhood of what he expected the team would enter the break with, record-wise.
The team entered the year with a host of injuries and, unlike previous years, a lack of depth. This has added a new challenge to the Lancer’s season. With the coming of break, however, the team has time to get in practice which Sohm hopes will prove helpful down the stretch.
Against South Gray last week, the team played with effort. They didn’t necessarily guard well based on the scouting reports though, Sohm said.
“I was pleased with our effort versus South Gray, not necessarily our execution,” Sohm said.
With the December games over with, the team next faces Kiowa County, who played them tough in the tournament the teams competed in earlier this season, then will play Ness City Jan. 9, 2018.
“We try to not look too far ahead, but I know the kids and the community are probably looking forward to playing Ness City and seeing where we are before going into league -play,” Sohm said.