Hurry up and wait.
That’s what the KLAA West Division season will be this season. After two weeks of nonconference play, the division season begins tonight — then takes a three-week break, until Jan. 10.
“I don’t have too much of an opinion about it,” Pinckney coach Jarrett Cogswell said. “It’s the next game. It’s different. It’s something we’re not used to, but it doesn’t bother me either way. We can start now or later. We still have to play.”
Cogwell’s Pirates, considered a contender in what should be a very tough West Division race, jump in with both feet tonight, playing host to Hartland in a game that will be broadcast on The Post, starting at around 7:15 p.m.
“I think we’re excited,” Hartland coach Don Palmer said. “I’m sure they’re excited. IT’s a big game for both teams, but I think it’s bigger for them. We know we have to play well.”
Cogswell had plenty good to say about the Eagles, too.
“I know they’ve got a lot of great talent, and they’ve added even more,” he said. “They’re very good and we expect they know what they’re doing. They always do.”
Hartland is 4-1 after a loss to Detroit King on Saturday, while Pinckney is 2-3 after a last-second loss to Kettering on Friday.
“We’re on an NBA schedule,” Palmer said of tonight’s game, his team’s third in five nights. “But Pinckney had played a tougher schedule than us. I think they have an edge in that they’ve been in a handful of close games and we’ve had only one. And they’re at home.”
While Palmer worries about his team’s affinity for 3-pointers, wishing for a more balanced attack, Cogswell is worried about the Eagles’ height, with a front line that includes 6-2 freshman Whitney Sollom.
“We have to keep them off the glass and run our game,” Cogswell said. “They’re great kids and great competitors. If we play well, it could be interesting.”
Playing well will be crucial in the West this season.
“I think every team is better this year,” Cogswell said. “The top teams got better and the bottom teams got better. Every game you’ve got to come with the focus and the intensity.”
It’s the last game before the break for both teams, who are both off until after the holidays.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Cogswell said. “It will be weird. We all play, then we’ll be done for a while.”