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Highlandâ€™s 0-3 start this season is a bit deceiving, as two losses have been by a total of nine points. And it wonâ€™t get any easier as the Hornets face 3-0 Sands at home this Friday.
But the games that really count arenâ€™t here yet, and coach Jeff Shelton is still confident in his team.
â€śOne thing the kids in Highland have always been good about is looking at the big picture,â€ť Shelton said.
â€śThey have the patience to see that weâ€™re headed in the right direction, in spite of the fact that we arenâ€™t getting the final results on the scoreboard that weâ€™d like. Life doesnâ€™t always go the way you want it to. Sometimes you just have to keep working and have faith that the results you want will come.â€ť
And having twice come so close â€” Highland lost 72-66 to unbeaten Loraine this past week â€” Shelton has no reason not to remain positive. â€śWe saw improvement (last week) on both sides of the ball,â€ť he said. â€śOur line played very well overall on both offense and defense. We had some fumbles on base plays that we need to get corrected and some missed tackles in the open field, but other than that we saw the positive progress that we were looking for. With some personnel shifts on offense I think it hurt our timing a bit, but weâ€™ll rep that and get is corrected.â€ť
Sands won 92-86 over Grady last Friday. â€śTheyâ€™ve beaten some good teams,â€ť Shelton said.
â€śThe key to getting a win will be to limit our mistakes, especially turnovers, and take pride on the defensive side of the ball to execute our scheme.â€ť