By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
With only eight games remaining in regular play, South Laurel coach Jeff Davis is hoping his team can build on Tuesday’s double overtime win over Corbin.
The Cardinals are only 8-11 on the season, but have also played one of the toughest slates in the region this season, which includes close losses to Tates Creek (63-56), Corbin (69-68), Knox Central (73-69) and Harrison County (71-70).
With that said, South Laurel’s longest win streak this season had only been three games and Davis was quick to point out his team needs to build on the Corbin win.
“Getting some type of consistency is the most important thing right now,” he admitted. “It was great to get the win Tuesday, but if we don’t build on that, it means nothing.
“The main thing is we’ve got to take that win and continue to learn,” Davis added. “We’ve got to learn to play every game and realize that every game is important and like I said, if we don’t do that, it’s not worth much.”
Injuries have also slowed the Cardinals’ progress down a bit this season. The Cardinals lost starting guards Blake Sanders and Trevor Grubb and went through a stretch of going 5-8 before getting on track Tuesday.
“The injuries have slowed us down,” Davis said. “There is no doubt about that. Any time you work all fall and summer and then you lose some of the pieces you’ve been working with, it’s going to take some adjustment time to get in rhythm and then once you get them back, you’ve got to move the pieces around and it has just taken some time.”
Even though the Cardinals have picked up some good wins and have played some good teams close, Davis admitted the Cardinals still have lots of work ahead of them.
“We’ve got a tough remainder of games coming up,” he said. “I will say that I am happy today, but I’ll be even more happy if we play even better during our next game.”
Davis feels another factor his players are battling is dealing with South Laurel’s past success. The Cardinal program is seven years removed from winning a state championship.
“I think they put a lot of pressure on themselves to add to the South Laurel tradition,” he said. “But let’s be honest, there hasn’t been that lately and we know we can’t live off the past. We have to play for something and make something happen — the pieces are there, we just need to have more consistency.”
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