The State Fair Lady Roadrunners have not played since a 60-54 win at Illinois Central on Dec. 8.
They are about to return to action, hosting Penn Valley at 2 p.m. Friday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. That nearly four-week break between games doesn’t worry coach Kevin Bucher, who has had his team in the gym for two-a-days.
“All the teams are in the same situation,” he said. “Our big thing is just to prepare as much as possible.”
About to return from the break, Bucher is focusing on getting the team’s legs back under them.
“Right now they’re still battling soreness,” he said. “We’ve been running a lot. Once we get our bodies moving we’ll be a lot better.”
The team is also looking to fine tune an offense that has averaged 69 points per game so far this season.
“We are putting some new things in, but we want to make sure we know our old plays,” Bucher said. “Teams may know what we’re doing, but there are always other ways to score. We tweak them a little bit.”
In the first semester, State Fair got a lot of production from its guards. Now the Lady Roadrunners are looking for more from the forwards and centers.
“We have to get some inside production from our low post players,” Bucher said. “I’ve been pleased with how they’ve come back. If we can get that from them, along with our guards, we’ll be a tough team to beat.”
Though the Lady Roadrunners will face 13-2 Three Rivers on Tuesday, Bucher said they are focused on Penn Valley.
“We do stress Three Rivers a lot, but at the same time we stress how important each home game is,” he said. “This bunch really hates to lose. I don’t think they’ll look past them.”
Penn Valley opened the season by winning four straight but has struggled since then.
“We’ve looked at them in terms of who they’ve played,” Bucher said. “They’re in the same situation. They are well-coached and they are very athletic. Hopefully our size adds to it a little bit. I think we’ve played a tougher schedule. Our big thing is us playing well, playing hard, playing aggressive.”
State Fair enters the second half of the season 11-3 and with what its coach sees as a hunger to keep winning.
“It’s a fun bunch to be around,” he said. “They love to play. They love to be here. It’s been a pleasure to work with them.
“We feel we have the potential to be one of the best teams in our region. We have a very young team, but at the same time I’m sure no one has played as tough a schedule.”
SFCC vs. Penn Valley
2 p.m. Friday at Davis Multipurpose Center
RADIO: 1050 AM