Pearl River Community College head women’s basketball coach Scotty Fletcher was far more encouraged about the team he got back from the Christmas holiday break than the one he sent off last month.
After losing their last game of 2016 – and their South Division opener, to boot – the Lady Wildcats were a bit dis-spirited, despite their surprising 5-1 overall record. But Fletcher said his team came back to campus with a positive mentality.
“It was amazing; the energy we’ve shown in practice since coming back has been incurable and it’s been contagious,” said Fletcher, the second-year coach at PRCC. “I love the way we’ve come back extremely focused.”
The Lady Wildcats return to action Thursday night in a non-division game against Mississippi Delta at Moorhead.
On reflection, Fletcher looked at his team’s first and only loss thus far in a more positive light.
“We shot 29 percent from the floor and missed 17 (of 33) free throws,” Fletcher said. “Nobody really played very well except maybe Rehema (Franklin), and yet we had plenty of chances to take the lead in that game and only lost by six (73-66).
“That loss really caught our attention.”
Franklin, the former South Alabama redshirt from New Orleans, leads the Lady Wildcats with 16.8 points and 3.4 steals a game. However, PRCC has five players who average at least 6 points a game, including Tyasia Willis, who also has 8.2 rebounds to go with her 6.7 points per game.
“The one common theme with this team is how selfless they are, as opposed to being selfish in their attitude,” Fletcher said. “They’re young and excited about getting back into (division) play.”
This will be the second meeting of the season between the Lady Wildcats and MDCC. Pearl River won the earlier meeting 73-42 at M.R. White Coliseum. PRCC will face Delgado in New Orleans on Monday before returning home to resume South Division play next Thursday against Southwest.