Coming into the 2011 high school basketball season, it was unclear as to how both Harmony Grove teams would perform. The senior girls came in with a ton of senior talent from Morgan Ramsey, Macy Coffee and Torie Simmons. For the boys, they did not look near as good on paper. With fair guard play but lacking size, head coach Richard Moore was not sure exactly how the year would play out.
But, thus far into the season, both teams have hit a brick wall, losing each of their last five games dating back to Nov. 30. The girls have battled hard, but have not been able to overcome key turnovers throughout the game. So far, the Lady Cardinals have averaged nearly 20-plus turnovers per game. For the boys, defense and rebounding has been the biggest downfall for them. Both teams traveled to Fountain Lake on Tuesday with an 0-2 conference record. Unable to stop the early season woes, both teams left with an 0-3 conference record. The Lady Cardinals fell by 19 to the Lady Cobras 50-31. The boys fell big 57-29 after starting the game on fire. Harmony Grove’s schedule gets a little easier tonight when they travel to Bismarck for another 3A clash before heading into Christmas break next week. Though Bismarck is not as stacked as some of the other opponents in the conference, both Harmony Grove teams still have a lot to work on.
For the girls, head coach John White said that defense is the key to getting better at this point. “We are going to work hard on the defensive end and limiting teams to one possession,” White said. “We have got to do a better job a taking care of the basketball.For the boys, Moore has preached defense and rebounding since the first game of the season to his team.
“If we don’t do a better job defensively and rebounding, then we are going to struggle,” Moore said. “We can’t allow them to offensive rebound and expect not to get hurt from it.”
Both the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals will head to Bismarck tonight to take on Bismarck. Opening tip is set for 6:30 p.m. beginning with the senior girls.