Houlka coach Jimmy Guy McDonald said out loud what is on every coaches’ mind during the early season.
“Some people like to play basketball in November,” McDonald said with a smile. “I like to play in February.”
Although the fans of the sport love the game now matter when it’s played, coaches and players realize Novemeber and December are prime time to sharpen the edges and prepare for the real prize – division wins.
The wildcats came out of November with wins over North Pontotoc and Houston and losses to Oxford and Myrtle, but McDonald predicted pre-season it would be hard to track his team by the regular season schedule.
“You can’t predict a record because we play so many bigger teams,” McDonald said.
Houlka is due to see court time with Hickory Flat, Blue Mountain, Houston, Ingomar and Okolona before breaking into division play against Tupelo Christian Prep in late January.
In other action
The Lady Rams of Vardaman wrapped up November with a win over Hamilton and losses to Water Valley, Charleston and East Webster.
“We have some work to do,” said coach Deanna Winter.
The Vardaman teams will be back on the floor this week in Jumpertown and hosting Myrtle.
They will hit division play before Christmas, hosting Houlka Dec. 20.
East Webster’s boys and girls both picked up wins over Vardaman and TCPS before the Thanksgiving break and will stay in non-division through Christmas.They will open divison in Calhoun City Jan. 21.