An old maxim that Don Palmer lives by is, “Players play, and coaches worry.”
So forgive him for sounding the alarm when his team plays host to Canton tonight, in a game broadcast by The Livingston Post at around 7 p.m. Click here for the link.
“It’s going to be different because we haven’t practiced,” he said. “We were supposed to have a late practice (Monday) on the night of the storm, and we couldn’t practice on Tuesday (due to Hartland High School being closed). So we’re playing wihtout those two days of practice/”
Hearing all that, it’s hard to believe the Eagles are 3-0 after sweeping Brighton last weekend and beating a Howell team that hasn’t lost since.
Of course, there’s more.
“Most likely we’re going to see our first zone team of the year,” he said. “We have a zone offense in, but we haven’t gone live with it yet.I think that’s going to give us a little bit of a problem”
So far, as Palmer has fretted, his team has played, and pretty well. The Eaglesgot a storng overall game from Lillie Gustafson in Friday’s win over Brighton. She scored 18 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in the post. She’s a tall girls who’s not afraid of contact in the post, and if Hartland can get her the ball, it will be the Chiefs who will do some worrying.
“For us to get off to a good start, we have to press and maybe force some turnovers and get some easy baskets,” Palmer said. “Canton is much improved. They have a new coach and two freshmen who have been contributing. I’ve watched them on tape, and they’re the kind of team that just hangs around.”
You know. The kind that makes a coach worry. The kind that a coach like Palmer knows can be dangerous.
“We’re at home,” Palmer said. ‘You know we’d like to have that practice in, but thhose are the cards we’ve been dealt.”