The Troy girls basketball team has been busy lately, recently competing in a tournament at Lebanon.
The Trojans beat Walnut Grove, 67-63, before losing to Parkway North, 54-28 and then to Lebanon by the slim margin of 55-54.
Troy head coach Damond Lacy said that, even though the results have for the most part been positive, his team is still not defending to the best of its ability.
“We played a pretty good game against Walnut Grove,” Lacy, said. “A common factor over our last 5-6 games is our struggle to play quality defense. We have given up way too many points to other teams top players.”
In a tournament like the one in Lebanon, he said it is helpful in finding and isolating factors of the game that his team still need work in.
“The biggest take away from the tournament in Lebanon was learning where we are lacking and areas we need to work on. We had spurts of good basketball in all three games, but we made too many mistakes, even in our win, and we just have to do a better job defensively if we want to compete with good teams,” Lacy said.
Next up for the Trojans is Holt, a conference opponent, who has a fairly similar record to Troy and will be an important game for them to get a win from.
“We are very familiar with each other and with what we each like to do, so it really comes down to which kids execute better and whose team makes more good plays than mistakes. We really have to be ready to play solid defense as they have a couple of very capable scorers on their team,” Lacy said.
As the season winds down, post-season is somewhat on the mind of most coaches, and Lacy is no exception.
“As far as post-season goes, it is hard not to look ahead, but we have to keep getting better every practice and every game if we want to make a run in the post season. Our goal is always to compete for a conference and district title and in order to do that you have to play focused team basketball every time you step on the court,” Lacy said.
Troy will be graduating a few players, but has the benefit of fielding a pretty young team this season.
“As for next year, we do return a lot of players. However, we lose two key seniors and if we don’t commit and put in more work in the off-season than we did this past year, it won’t matter how many players we return. So, our potential to be good will be there, but potential doesn’t win games. Our kids will have to commit to open gyms and putting in the work that it takes to be successful,” Lacy said.