Buckeye and Cloverleaf’s girls basketball teams got a rude wakeup call this past week.
Both squads entered the week deadlocked for the top spots in their respective conferences, but were shot back down to earth by upper-eschelon opponents.
The Bucks struggled with shooting in a loss to reigning Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division champ Keystone before dropping a road game to Stripes Division-leading Brooklyn.
The same story applied to the Colts, who dropped a 21-point decision to rival Wadsworth and then lost to Green, which currently sits in second place in the Suburban League.
Both teams took away key lessons.
For Buckeye, first-year coach Randy Haury saw improvement in the setback to the Hurricanes after failing to make a field goal in the first half of the loss to the Wildcats.
“The girls came to practice (after the Keystone loss), and didn’t want something like that happen again. They were embarrassed by it,” Haury said. “I tell you what, we worked on pressure all week and we handled it a lot better against Brooklyn. I was really proud.”
After the loss to the Grizzlies, Cloverleaf got off to a good start vs. Green, but a goose egg in the second quarter doomed any chance for victory.
In practice this week, the Colts got back to basics, working on conditioning, footwork and overall court awareness — all without a basketball.
“My assistants did a great job of helping all of us focus on bringing energy and getting better at practice,” Cloverleaf coach John Carmigiano said. “It is good to be reminded of that from time to time. It was a great start to the week and everyone put their best foot forward.”
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