“Right now, I’m definitely worried about each game. Earlier, I thought it should be pretty easy, and that’s not going to be the case. Every game is going to be a fight for us. Every single game. “
— North Dallas girls coach Paul Strapkovic
With the loss of guards Ashley Poole and Jakolby Flemings to injury, the first-year North Dallas basketball coach is looking for help in controlling the ball and scoring.
After a week off, the Lady Bulldogs return to action against Sunset at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a District 12-5A at Davis Field House in southern Dallas. The junior varsity game is at 6 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs fell to Adamson 40-26 in their last game on Jan. 5.
Junior SaNiya Lampkin has dominated the middle, and leads the Lady Bulldogs in scoring. And at times, she’s helping point guard Terri Jeffery in handling the ball. Strapkovic is also moving some players to new positions.
“I have to put girls in spots that they are not used to, and ask them to handle that,” Strapkovic said. “Terri is our point guard now, and she’s going to have to do it all. If she goes down, I don’t have anyone to follow her.”
As far as adjustments, the Lady Bulldogs will concentrate on their defense.
“We will continue to focus on defense. Our offense is going to be our defense,” Strapkovic said. “That’s always been our mainstay. We want to keep on playing good defense. Then just tell them to be in certain spots, and that’s the best thing I can do, just be in certain spots.”
North Dallas is in fourth place right now in District 12-5A, behind Seagoville, Woodrow Wilson and Adamson. There’s seven more district games to play, so it’s still early to worry about a playoff spot.
“I just hope the second half is better than the first half,” Strapkovic said. “As long as the girls fight, are playing hard, and show some opportunity, that’s all I can ask.
“I’m still very optimistic. We still have some players that can do their job. It’s just that one or two girls have to step up. If they step up and start scoring, we’ll be fine. But they have to shoot to score and they’re not doing it. Once they start getting some confidence, we’re going to be OK.