Kind of like ties. A split this afternoon. Women’s basketball earned a much needed victory over Nebraska Wesleyan to insert themselves back in the discussion for the post season tournament. If they don’t win today it gets awfully tough to say the least.
For the men a day when it felt like they were running in sand the whole day. Gave up 51 points in the first half and were down 51-45 at halftime…felt fortunate to be that close. Looked like they had it rolling when they took a three-point lead on back to back three pointers but couldn’t sustain the run, falling behind ten and never seriously denting the difference.
Women did it with defense, holding Wesleyan scoreless for nine minutes while the Defenders were rattling away for 21 straight points. Briana Spronk led the effort with 16 points. Second game in a row where Dordt has had fewer turnovers than the opponent,
For the first time since the Northwestern game the Defenders were in foul trouble. I mean real foul trouble. The kind you’re hip deep in and can’t get out of. Lost Sievers with 10 minutes left I think and Vogel went three minutes later. Tyler Wolterstorff was eventually disqualified as well. Tried to mix and match but that doesn’t lend itself well to a comeback.
So I brush off a column I wrote from a few years ago and re-work it a bit.
So you say you want to be a coach in the GPAC?
Let me tell you about what you’ll face in most every sport.
There are no secrets. If you have weaknesses the opponent will find them. There’s tape and there are good coaches. Their job is to stop you from succeeding. Your job is to figure out a way to succeed.
A team that is 4-10 in the league is capable of beating anyone on that given day….everyone has good players who were probably at least all-conference in high school and likely were an all-stater of some sort. They’ve led teams to state tournaments and been on all-tournament teams.
You think you’re working hard? So are the opponents.
You think you’re pouring a lot into game prep? So is your opponent.
Nothing is easy.
And you know what? It shouldn’t be. Nothing worth anything is usually easy.
It’s fun to watch. It’s work to coach.
So, if you aren’t scared off, come on in, you’ll be tested like you never thought you would be at a small college. It’s no cakewalk.
No one feels sorry for you when you’re losing.
Everyone wants to beat you when you’re winning.
This is what you’re signing up for.
The Verve Pipe and Freshman on Pandora right now.
Hurtling down the highway heading home.