LAMPASAS — Mark Myers understands the process takes time.
Entering his first year as head coach at Lampasas, Myers knows growing pains will accompany his transition into the program. With a roster full of inexperienced players attempting to learn a new coach and his system, Myers expects the Lady Badgers will struggle at times.
But he also sees plenty of potential in his team despite its 0-3 start to the season, including Tuesday’s 42-34 loss to Jarrell in which Lampasas committed 30 turnovers and missed 10 of its 15 free-throw attempts.
“We’re getting better every game,” Myers said, “and in time, we’ll be making those free throws and holding on to the ball better in future situations.
“Those self-inflicted wounds hurt, but I am just proud of my girls for the way they are responding. They are getting better every single time they play.”
After falling behind 5-2 early, Lampasas claimed its lone lead on senior Maci Procter’s shot in the paint, giving the Lady Badgers an 8-6 advantage.
The Lady Cougars quickly reclaimed control, though.
The teams entered the second quarter tied 8-8, but Jarrell (3-0) opened the period with seven unanswered points, and Lampasas could never completely erase the deficit.
Behind a four-point quarter from junior forward Diane Hurst, who finished with a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double, the Lady Badgers pulled within a point at 21-20 and trailed 24-20 at halftime.
Then, Lampasas guard Kamri Corbin connected on a 3-pointer to open the third quarter, but the Lady Cougars pulled away thanks to 12 unanswered points as the Lady Badgers missed 11 of 12 field-goal attempts in the period.
Lampasas (0-3) put together another run to cut Jarrell’s cushion to five points, 37-32, but the Lady Badgers would not get any closer.
Corbin finished with 13 points to lead Lampasas offensively and recorded five steals, while teammate Emily Winter added four points.
The Lady Badgers will look to earn their first victory of the season Thursday, when they open play at the three-day Austin Crockett tournament, where they are guaranteed to play six games against primarily Class 5A and 6A schools.
While it will be a difficult challenge, Myers is confident the experience will benefit his team.
“I want the girls to figure out how I want to play,” he said. “The most important thing is for them to learn my system and how we are going to play.
“We’re not worried about wins. We’re worried about getting better one game at a time, so we can be ready for our first district game.”