Big Spring girls’ basketball coach Mike Warren believes No.18 Abilene Wylie is due for an upset.
Of course, he was hoping his team would be the one to dish it out when Big Spring faced the Lady Bulldogs on the road to open District 5-3A.
Things didn’t work out so well for them thanks to Peyton Little and company, but the second meeting between the two teams at 6 p.m. today in Steer Gym may be the best chance to score that upset.
“I don’t think Wylie is going to go through undefeated,” Warren said. “I think someone’s going to beat them and this would be a great time to do it after they’ve played a very emotional game with Brownwood.”
Wylie is coming off a one-point win over Brownwood, and Warren is hoping his players learned from the mistakes they made in the first meeting.
The Lady Steers have to string four quarters together tonight, especially against star guard Little, who had four 3-pointers against Big Spring.
What makes Little so good is her ability to hurt a team many different ways, Warren said. She can throw over the full-court press and get the ball to the open player, she can split double teams and playing off her doesn’t work, either. Any shred of daylight, and Little can hit the 3-pointer.
Warren said the key is making sure someone is on her at all times, not allowing her to go wild. That’s what happened in Abilene.
The Lady Steers just got their first district win over Snyder last week and a win over the conference favorite would be huge.
Big Spring took a quick break from district with Tuesday’s win at Monahans. Along with the win over Snyder, Warren is hoping his players have some confidence back after a slow start to district play.
“It was a road game and any time you win on the road, it’s good,” he said. “We went over there and got after them. We pretty much took it to them over there. Wound up having a good time. The bench got to play a lot, get some experience.”
It might be even tougher to score a win against Wylie this time, though. Diamond Mayes was on crutches Thursday after spraining her right ankle in practice Wednesday, which hurts the Lady Steers’ post pressence. Warren said whether or not she can play tonight will depend
on how much pressure she can put on her ankle and she is listed as day-to-day. If Mayes can’t go, Mackenzie Stone will take her place in the post.
Warren is also hoping for a huge crowd tonight, as is BSHS boys’ head coach Cliff Thompson.
The No. 21 Steers face Wylie at 7:30 p.m. today in Steer Gym.
Not many teams are flying higher than the Steers right now. They’re undefeated in district play, ranked and have an opportunity for possibly their biggest win of the year.
“We’ve played some good teams, we’ve beaten some good teams, but at this point in the season, we can’t have a relapse,” Thompson said.
“It’s not impossible for us to win this district if we lose this game, but I’d rather take care of our business and not have to worry about it.”
This game will be a matchup of two teams with totally different styles of play.
Big Spring relies on its athleticism and had Luke Adams, who can take a game over. Thompson said the Bulldogs are fundamentally sound, meaning they rarely make mistakes.
Thompson said it should make for an interesting game tonight.
“They don’t beat themselves,” he said. “A lot of teams, they get too fast and they kind of have a streetball mentality. ‘Oh you made a big shot, I’m going to go jack up a three.’ They are very composed at all times. They don’t take crazy shots. They don’t turn it over. They just don’t beat themselves.”