PERRY TOWNSHIP — Baby steps.
After watching Perry get soundly beaten by Parkway, 66-22, Thursday night, Commodore head coach Ted Patton was not overly concerned with the loss but more concerned with the progress of his team. It is not because the new head coach at Perry doesn’t want to win, but understands that with the young players they will have to take their lumps.
I have never had a team this young before,” Patton said. “We have a lot of talent on this team but it is really hard to bring freshmen in at any level and be successful on the basketball court. We have to be patient, work hard in practice. We are looking for those baby steps.”
Perry falls to 0-2 on the season and Parkway improves to 2-1.
Patton, a longtime coach who inherited an inexperienced Perry team that has two returning letter winners and a host of underclassmen, understands that wins will be hard to come by but he is more concerned with improvement game-to-game if they are going to even compete with teams like Parkway.
The Panthers dominated from the opening tip, opening a 9-0 lead to start the game and building a 23-6 lead after the first period and a 40-9 lead by halftime.
Parkway’s Haley Hawk led the club with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Teammate Sydney Crouch pumped in 16 points and grabbed six rebounds and Bailey Bates added 11 points.
“We told them after the game that everything we do is abnormal to us at this point,” Patton said. “We are trying to get to the point where things become normal and you just do it. You don’t have to tell yourself to do it. It is a process.”
Perry’s lone bright spot was Tia Barfield who is one of the returning letter winners. The sophomore scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Even though there are likely going to more games like this in their future, Patton said they look to focus on the positives and build on what they are doing right.
“I think every day in practice we try to do something different,” Patton added. “We try to get them to understand that we see the tape and see the positive that we did. There is going to be a lot of negative things at this point in the program. To be honest this is for the long haul. This is not for this season but for things down the road.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468 or on twitter at @JoseNogueras1.