When White Pine High School basketball head coach Charlie Hall took the job at the beginning of the season to lead the Bobcats, conditioning and discipline were his two top priorities. In that time, the team has become better conditioned through heavy running in practice, but the discipline still is an issue.
“These guys need to come to practice or to a game and give 100 percent effort every single time,” Hall said, noting frustrations about the team’s inconsistent efforts from game to game.
The coach pointed to the team’s last game, a narrow 67-61 home loss to Calvary Chapel Christian that was closer than the final score indicated. It was the first game where he saw his team play with poise, handle the ball well, and take smarter shot selections. It was the kind of game that he hoped would motivate the team going forward.
He might have been right, but the timing of the game couldn’t have been worse.
“I wanted that momentum from the Calvary game to carry on, but with the holidays happening right after, I think it caused some of our guys to lose focus,” Hall said in practice Monday.
The team was preparing for a road game against Pahranagat Valley on Tuesday night (the result of the game was not available as of press time). Hall knows the kind of output his team can produce having seen it on their home court against Calvary Chapel, but he said he still needs to work on their overall effort in practice.
The Bobcats will have an entire week to work on it after the Pahranagat Valley game, not playing again until Jan. 7 at home against West Wendover.
The undefeated White Pine Ladycats varsity team will also travel to Pahranagat Valley on Dec. 30 and play their next game at home against Laughlin on Jan. 9.