It will be a case of dividing to try to conquer different opponents for the Baton Rouge Community College basketball teams.
The Lady Bears (3-1) take their three-game winning streak on the road for three straight days, starting Thursday with the first of three games at the LSU-Eunice Tournament.
Once their Thursday home game with Lamar State was canceled, the Bears (0-2) began preparing for a two-game weekend swing through the Houston area on Friday and Saturday.
“We’re definitely playing an NBA schedule this month,” BRCC women’s coach Paul Lee said. “It’s a lot of games in a short period of time. Our first game with Pearl River was tough because these girls are so young.
“They didn’t really understand the speed or the physicality at this level until they saw it. They’re adjusting and getting better.”
The Lady Bears play Pennsylvania-based Harcum Community College (1-0) at 6 p.m. Thursday at LSUE.
On Friday, BRCC will play Alabama-based Wallace State at 8 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. game Saturday with West Texas.
Former Dutchtown High player Rhondalon Popularas is averaging 14.9 points per game in BRCC’s three wins.
Lee also praised the leadership skills of point guard Bunny Scott, a former Denham Springs standout, and ex-Woodlawn High player Chelsea Christopher, a key reserve. Scott is averaging 5.3 assists and 4.5 steals per game.
Meanwhile, BRCC men’s coach Ricky Wilson said the key for improvement is better conditioning.
The Bears, who lost to Southwest 93-80 on Monday, play at Lee College on Friday and at Lone Star Cy-Fair on Saturday. Both games are set for 7 p.m.
“We’re still learning,” Wilson said. “Right now we’re making the right decisions when we’re fresh. When we’re tired and the game is on the line, it is not as easy. I see progress.”
Sophomore guard Jordan Bedford, a former Covington High player, leads the Bears in scoring. Ex-Sulphur High player Matt LeBato is the top rebounder.