“In our second scrimmage on (Nov. 2 against Aledo and Weatherford) was a different story,” she said. “We suffered two hard losses but I feel it was definitely what we needed.
“It made the girls realize that there is another level of play out there and we are not there. After the scrimmage I challenged the girls to reach for that level and it begins every day in practice.
“I asked them not to settle for mediocrity but to strive for excellence. In the scrimmages they saw hard work in action and I think it sunk in. We came back and worked hard and practices have been more energized. I am really trying to challenge them to go harder even when they think they can’t.
“We have to change our mentality and work ethic otherwise it doesn’t matter what we do with X’s and O’s. It is hard to perform at full speed in games if you only practice at half speed.”
Holman said she would need the first few games of the non-district schedule to sort out personnel matters.
“So far, personnel wise, I am still trying to make some decisions on where kids need to be,” she allowed. Right now I have Courtney Pena and Megan Powell providing good senior leadership and they look to see considerable playing time along with varsity returners, Pam Hopkins and Natalie Ragland.
“New faces on the scene this year that I hope provide a spark for the Lady Rams include Tabby Santibanez, Kera Harrison, Ashley Valdez and Katie Rivera.”