At the beginning of the girls basketball season, District 1-6A was anybody’s district.
Now, nearly halfway through the season schedule, the Washington Wildcats have put other squads on notice.
The Wildcats have been on a roll — building an undefeated record (10-0, 7-0) and tallying wins against every district opponent save one: The reigning District 1-6A champs at Pine Forest.
They’ll get their shot at the Eagles today.
“I think that game is going to come down to who wants it the most,” Washington coach Jade Brown said during practice this week. “I know they’re going to be ready — that’s my high school coach, so I know they’re going to bring it.
“I’m not really focused on what they’re going to come in and do. They’re going to come in and press; they’re going to run zone; they’re going to run man. We gotta do what we gotta do. We gotta play good defense, and we’ve got to box out. A big thing we’re going to focus on is boxing out, taking care of the ball and just being patient. We’re going to try and out work them.”
For their part, the Pine Forest squad knows the importance of today’s game.
“It’s going to be a defensive game between the both of us,” Pine Forest coach Chris Godwin said. “I know (Coach Brown’s) going to go out there and do her thing.
“She preaches defense to them, and that’s there thing. We’ll keep a look out for Acey. We know they’ll press.”
The pressure will be squarely on the Eagles tonight — playing on the road against their third district opponent in four days. The Wildcats only had one other game this week, a win against West Florida High on Tuesday.
“Last week, we did the same thing,” Godwin said. “It’s usual to play two-to-three games a week anyway. It’s even like that when you play in the district tournament.
“I think (my girls are) ready for that because we did it last week. They’re young.”
While a win for either program tonight would give them an edge heading into the second half of the season, both coaches know the district landscape has the potential to shift on a nigh-to-night basis.
“I still think it can be anybody any given night,” Brown said. “It’s going to go down like that until Feb. 1 in the district championship.
“By the end of the week, we’re just hoping that we can keep it going.”