After a 3-1 start to the season including wins over Blanchard, Harding Charter and Putnam City, Lady Racers Head Coach Byron Mooney has to find a way to stop the slide.
The Lady Racers entered the Putnam North tournament 2-1 and started things off with a 18-3 clobbering of the Lady Lions on Mar. 13. After dropping a 12-0 loss to Westmoore later that day, Newcastle closed the day out with an 8-0 blanking of Norman North.
It was the next day that the Lady Racers started their slide.
“We played ten games in that first week, and I’ve got 12 girls out,” Mooney said. “We started out strong, but we got tired.”
This early in the season coming off of winter, much of his team is not in playing shape, Mooney said.
“We just have to put it out better,” the second-year coach said. “We need to come out of the break rested and not play ten games in a week, we’ll be okay.”
The schedule does not relent for Mooney in the following days. After Mar. 25 matchups with Little Axe and Bridge Creek, the Lady Racers turn around two days later for a road trip to Bethel. That is followed up Mar. 31 with games against Washington and Harrah.
Despite the early season slump, Mooney sees a marked improvement over his first year.
“We started much better this year,” Mooney said. “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish for sure. We hope to put it together and have a better run.”
The Lady Racers next home game is Mar. 31 against Washington.