“I think we have less practices than games with our remaining schedule prior to the sectional,” Johnson said. “It puts us in a tough position. We need to execute and take away the dumb plays and make smarter plays. We need to take care of the basketball to put us in a better position to win a game.”
Pioneer (1-9, 0-2 MWC) atW. Central (4-7, 2-1 MWC)
The Panthers are seeking their first win since the North Miami win in mid December.
They’ll play another team with an edge in age and experience.
“They’ve got Street and McKay, two seniors who have played since they were sophomores. Dillman is a junior that got ample time last year. They’re juniors and seniors that have been through the battles,” Pioneer coach Austin Cowley said.
The Panthers are coming off a 49-42 loss to Frontier.
“We’re just not to the point yet where we can execute for 32 minutes,” Cowley said. “We played a good first quarter and had a 10-7 lead and went really, really cold after that. We’ve talked about having more ball reversals. Teams are going to sag in and make us hit outside shots. I’ve got confidence a few guys will get things turned around before the end of the season.”
Pioneer hosts Carroll (5-5) Saturday night.
“They’ve got Dillon and Bush, so we’ll have our hands full with them in the post,” Cowley said. “Keeping them off of the offensive boards will be a big key. We’ll have to handle their pressure and traps and limit turnovers. We’ve only proven one game where we had 12 turnovers or less and won that game. We’ve got to grow up and take care of the ball.”
N. White (5-6, 1-2 MWC) at Caston (7-6, 2-1 MWC)
The key MWC game is set for Saturday night.