HOWELL — In the week-plus since a confounding, embarrassing loss to Hartland, the Howell girls basketball team has sought to regain its bearings, on and off the court.
It’s worked out so far. The Highlanders downed Brighton last week and Haslett on Tuesday, and they look to keep the momentum going tonight when they play host to Milford to start the second half of the KLAA West Division schedule.
“What we’re chasing is to be perfect, even though that’s an impossibility,” Howell coach Tim Olszewski said Wednesday. “We understand that. We’re going to focus on one team, and one team only, and that’s ours.”
Howell is 10-1 overall, 4-1 in the West, and will face a Milford team that is 4-7, 1-4.
“I don’t think they played their best game when they played us, and we did a decent job,” Olszewski said. “They’ll come after you, and they have a couple of girls who can shoot. They’ve got a guard who handles the ball very well and they have a couple of girls who can shoot.”
Most teams had a week off, but the Highlanders had a game against Haslett on Tuesday, to the relief of junior guard Paige Johnson.
“We haven’t had a day off, but (Olszewski’s) pushing us to our limits, and that’s how we get better.”
It was a night where the Highlanders worked on keeping track of their opponents’ shooters, something they didn’t always do against Brighton, and it was a demonstration on Olszewski’s focus on constantly tinkering and eliminating problems that come up.
He also deflected talk about Hartland, saying “we’re going to demand excellence from ourselves and demand if we get better every day in practice. If we do those things, and be successful, the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
All that, undoubtedly, is true, but while the Highlanders focus on the task at hand, there’s at least a part that has the Feb. 7 rematch with Hartland in mind as well.
“We have the date marked down,” Johnson said. “We’re keeping that date in mind as a motivation.”