Stillwater News Press

December 21, 2013

Stillwater hoops aim to get stronger over the break

Derek Brown
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Lady Pioneers are not exactly pleased with the start to their season. Good thing for Stillwater is that it has time to get back in the gym and work on things.

Stillwater has started the first part of the season with a 3-4 record. The Lady Pioneers are riding a two-game streak after beating Southeast in their home opener 72-40 on Friday night.

“We’ll take a  week off,” Stillwater coach  Clay Stephens said. “We have a couple of practices and we have some scrimmages the following week. After Christmas we’ll hook up and go.”

For Stephens, it was his first time to coach in the Stillwater gym in a game environment. Stephens and the Lady Pioneers are pleased with the win because of timing purposes.

“I always like to win the games before Christmas. It always makes those Christmas practices not quite so intense. It makes the coach a little happier,” Stephens said.

SHS will have some time to relax before getting back into the swing of things. Once back in the gym the Lady Pioneers will have some work to do.

Stillwater will go to Bishop McGuinness on Jan. 7.

Offensively, the Lady Pioneers are going to work on maintaining control of the basketball.

“Being able to dribble when people are guarding us, being able to pass the ball and not turn the ball over,” Stephens said. “That’s our biggest problem is turnovers.”

Boys

The Pioneers support a 5-2 record headed into the break. That is acceptable for Stillwater.

The Pioneers sent the first part of the season off with a big win over Southeast 88-71 in their home opener on Friday night. SHS gave up 71 to Class 5A’s No. 10, a number that the boys want to see go down. They will be working on that over the break.

“Over Christmas break (defense) is going to be a priority thing that we need to take care of,” Stillwater coach Michael Davis.

The Pioneers will take a week off of team practices, but the individuals will find time during that period to stay sharp. SHS will get back to a week and a half of practice during the break to work on different aspects of the game.

Stillwater will return to action  at Bishop McGuinness on Jan. 7.

“They get a good stretch out,” Davis said.

Stillwater will look at the tape of their games and see what things they need to  address.

“We have seven games we can watch and take them one by one and go with the stuff that we need to. We have a lot of things that we need to fix. By no means do we think we’re there yet. That’s the good thing about practice is it gives you an opportunity to fix those things,” Davis said.

The 5-2 record that the Pioneers have while headed into the stoppage of games is something to be proud of for Stillwater.

“We need things to work on and we’ve got a lot of things to work on,” Davis said.

Stillwater’s main focus will be on the defensive end of the court.

The Pioneers will work on both man and zone schemes.

“We don’t want people to be able to shoot 3’s on us. We want to run them off of the spot,” Davis said.