To make it 20 in a row, the Falcons will have to get there with another new coach. Hala Corral has taken over the program — the third new coach in the past five seasons. She had an evening practice Monday but only because she could not schedule one before school.
“I’ve watched them play all fall. To actually be out here coaching and teaching these young ladies … I did not sleep last night, I was so excited,” Corral said. “I wish I could have started at 6 in the morning.”
Before practice, she asked her players if they noticed anything when looking at the yearly results posted for Prairie basketball. She asked if anything was missing from the past four years.
“State championship,” was the reply.
True, but not only that, the Falcons have not earned a trophy at state the past four seasons. Making it to state is one thing, but Corral said Prairie is about taking home a trophy, too.
“Whether I’m coaching a fifth-grade team or a high school team, my goal is to make these ladies better people and better basketball players,” she said.
That starts with fundamentals, too.